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City Testing Flashing Signal Light Before Removal

The traffic signal at Lemon Grove Way and Grove Street will be a flashing light for a minimum of 90 days.

Plans to remove a traffic signal at Lemon Grove Way and Grove Street got underway Thursday when the city put the light into flash mode.

The traffic signal will be a flashing light for a minimum of 90 days, according to city officials.  After that period is over, staff will move forward with plans to install an all-way stop at the intersection.

The Lemon Grove City Council approved the change on Dec. 18.

City Manager Graham Mitchell said last month that the 90-day period would also enable city staff "feel the temperature of the water" and for city engineers to make sure there aren't any unforeseen issues."

“Barring no traffic engineering problems, we’ll remove the poles and put in the sign [at that point in time],” he said.

Staff estimates that removing the signal in favor of stop signs will cost $20,000, but will save $1,200 annually in energy and maintenance costs, City Engineer Leon Firsht wrote in a report to council.  Removing the signal also will eliminate the need in the future to replace traffic signal components for a savings of around $2,800 a year, Firsht said.

Funds for the project have been budgeted as part of the city’s Five-Year Capital Improvement Program.

Residents with any questions or concerns about the signal changes may call the Engineering Department at 619-825-3811.

David Brammer II January 16, 2013 at 07:06 AM
If operating a traffic light cost 4k a year then the city needs to buy better lights. And are the lights at Canton/Lemon Grove Ave and Palm/Lemon Grove Ave union lights because they go through a rotation EVEN WHEN NOBODY IS WAITING FOR THE OTHER LIGHTS. Who's responsible for that, a monkey? 20k to remove some poles, a box, and bury the electric? I know people who'd do it for free and make money on the scrap!!!!! This city council lacks common sense.
John King January 16, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I have to agree that $20,000 to change out the traffic lights seems rather steep......?
Jerry Koehmlein January 17, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Somebody has to pay for the people who figured out the cost?

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