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Work to fix traffic lights begins Monday

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A major intersection in south Roswell will be impacted for about two weeks so electrical wires and other parts related to the wiring system for the intersection’s traffic lights can be replaced.

The project should help prevent traffic-light outages that the intersection has experienced in the past because of wiring failures.

The work at the intersection of South Main and McGaffey streets is scheduled to take place from Monday, Oct. 14 through Friday, Oct. 25.

During the work of replacing broken wires in conduits, the intersection will remain open to traffic, but the traffic lights will not function. Stop signs will be in place for all directions of travel through the intersection during the project. If there are times during the project when the traffic lights are functioning, the stop signs will be covered and not in effect during those times.

In addition, Southeast Main Street will be closed at the area of the Main/McGaffey intersection. The closure will extend south to East Hobbs Street.

During the project and Southeast Main closure, access to all businesses and residences in the area will be maintained. Also, a flagger (traffic control personnel) will escort pedestrians safely through the work zone when one or more sidewalks are closed.

Since the affected portion of South Main Street is part of U.S. 285, the New Mexico Department of Transportation is paying for the project’s contractor and materials. The city of Roswell’s Special Electronics personnel will assist by providing some labor, while the city also will provide use of a bucket truck and possibly other equipment.