Traverse City News and Events

Eighth Street Signal Installation Delayed Until At Least Christmas

By Beth Milligan | Nov. 19, 2019

The planned installation this month of a traffic signal at the intersection of Eighth Street and Boardman Avenue will likely be delayed until at least Christmas.

The signal is the last major component needed to complete the Eighth Street reconstruction project. The Eighth and Boardman intersection is currently functioning as a three-way stop until the signal equipment - which was back-ordered - can be delivered. City staff initially estimated the signal would be installed by mid-November, but have now pushed back that timeline by a month or more.

"The traffic signal equipment ship date is December 13, so we are hopeful to have the signal completed by Christmas," says City Engineer Tim Lodge. "However, the ship date has been not reliable as of yet."

Residents have also inquired whether the city will plow Eighth Street's new sidewalks and cycle tracks through the winter. According to City Street Superintendent Mark Jones, the city's "intent is to keep the path open as wide as possible, but depending on the winter, we may have to use some of this area for snow storage."

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