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.