The traffic signal modernization project at the intersection of Center and Buffalo streets, downtown Warsaw, is expected to be completed by mid-October, weather permitting. Photo by David Slone
The traffic signal modernization project at the intersection of Center and Buffalo streets, downtown Warsaw, is expected to be completed by mid-October, weather permitting. Photo by David Slone
The traffic signal modernization project at the intersection of Center and Buffalo streets is going well, according to Warsaw Street Superintendent Jeff Beeler.

The signal bases have been ripped out and new ones are being poured in. Wiring may take a few more weeks, but the whole project should be wrapped up in two to three weeks.

The intersection is being controlled by a four-way stop sign, and Beeler said so far drivers are handling that well.

“We had some people run stop signs, but thankfully we haven’t had any accidents. People just need to slow down and drive carefully,” he said.

Once the project is completed, Beeler said, “I think it’s going to look really nice and it will help with the traffic downtown.”

All sidewalks are closed around the intersection.

The project includes the installation of new black powder-coated poles, a new controller box and new ADA ramps at the sidewalks. Larger, lit street name signs will be added, and new LED street lights will be installed.

The previous poles were leaning, and the wiring and controller box were outdated.

The contract with Michiana Contracting Inc. for the traffic signal modernization project was awarded at the June Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, and signed at the July 19 meeting. Michiana Contracting was the sole bidder on the project for $358,864.50.