The traffic signal project will be the final construction project set for 2018.
On Monday, council awarded EPCOR Technologies to complete the $442,427.40 project that will see various traffic poles and lights updated. Mayor Gerald Aalbers says the project came under budget by about $500,000, which will be put back into the capital budget.
“There’s always change with capital and whenever we can save some money we appreciate it. The project I think will be appreciated by people.”
Existing traffic signal hardware will be upgraded in accordance with the 2014 Traffic Signal Assessment, as well as the installation of new signal poles and removal of median poles at 44 Street and 62 Avenue.
“The lights at 44 and 62 we occasionally see trucks making the turns and take out that centre median light pole. This will come to an end when those light poles are removed and the new light poles go up,” says Aalbers.
Also part of the project is the construction of new traffic signals at 25 Street and 59 Avenue. Aalbers says drivers will see a change to college drive with the new lights.
“I know people get frustrated but I think it’s a real step in helping control the traffic. There will always be times when we have lights and somebody will say it was a green light and there was nobody there, but work will be done to ensure that there coordinated as we can be on the lighting.”
The project is expected to be completed at the end of October.