Abbi Russell, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2058
CENTRALIA – After a three-month shutdown to fabricate materials, work to replace the traffic signal at State Route 507 and Reynolds Avenue resumes Monday, March 3.
Drivers will encounter lane closures and 20-minute delays between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, until the project is complete in April. Work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.
Last fall, contractor crews prepared the site by removing curbs, widening the intersection and installing concrete signal pole bases. The Washington State Department of Transportation suspended work on the project in November while the signal poles and street lights were fabricated.
Now that all the materials are ready, crews will work over the next month to install new signal poles, detection loops and street lights, test the system and remove the old system.
The temporary wood-and-wire signal system at SR 507 and Reynolds Avenue was installed in 1991 to help improve safety and mobility at the busy intersection. WSDOT is replacing it with a permanent system, widening the intersection to improve mobility, and installing new street lights.
The $619,000 project is funded through state highway improvement dollars.