The city’s moving forward with plans to widen a stretch of
City councilors are expected Tuesday to approve a $159,000 contract with VMS Construction Co. to carry out the work.
The Vernon-based VMS beat out five competitors to secure the contract to improve the intersection at
The main goal of the project, slated to begin this summer, is to add a turning lane for drivers heading east in hopes of alleviating the long backups at the traffic light next to the central firehouse.
The additional lane should prevent the blockage that often occurs when one car is trying to turn left but can’t get an opening.
If often caused drivers aiming to go straight or turn right to wait through a light cycle until the path clears.
Though the problem has existed for years, the change to the layout of the post office parking lot a couple of years go made the delays worse because most of those leaving the post office exit onto Center Street and head back toward North Main.
Ray Rogozinski, an assistant city engineer, has said the fix won’t resolve every problem, but it should make a difference.
“I can’t say you’ll never be aggravated at that intersection,” Rogozinski said last spring.
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