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Country Club, Main to open Thursday

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New stoplights have been installed at North Main Street and Country Club Road. The city will activate the lights and open the intersection Thursday morning. (Juno Ogle Photo)

The intersection of North Main Street and Country Club Road will be open and its new traffic signals working late Thursday morning.

Crews will conduct final tests on the the stoplights Wednesday. The stoplights are now set to flash yellow on Main Street and red on Country Club, which will remain closed until Thursday.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, City Engineer Louis Najar, city council members and other city officials will meet at the intersection to officially activate the traffic signals.

The two-month-long project ran into minor delays but finished within the amount of time Najar gave the project.

Najar told the city’s Infrastructure Committee on Monday buried concrete brought some extra work.

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“When they did the project the last time, they put concrete around the gas line. We had to call the gas company to come in and relocate their lines so we could jackhammer the concrete,” Najar said.

Crews replaced the 35-year-old traffic signals with new ones that match the black stoplights at other intersections on Main Street. The new crossing signals also have audio and visual signals. The new poles were set back farther from the street than the previous ones, requiring utility poles to be repositioned.

The control box for the stoplights was also moved from the southeast corner of the intersection to the southwest corner.

The project was budgeted at $750,000 with $712,500 paid by a legislative grant and $37,500 paid by the city.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.