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Transportation Department - March 23, 2018

Contractors and city crews are three months into a multi-year project to replace signal poles and relocate the steel cabinets that control traffic signals downtown. 

The project requires crews to close street lanes. To reduce traffic congestion, work is being performed at night, typically from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Work on this project will continue on Marshall, Cherry and Church streets up through the closure of Business 40. During the closure work will shift to the less-busy streets on the fringes of downtown, and resume on Liberty, Main, First and Second streets after the highway reopens, said Jeffrey Fansler, the acting deputy director of transportation.

"When Business 40 shuts down we expect elevated traffic volumes on downtown streets," Fansler said. "Pausing the project during this time will eliminate an additional source of congestion."

In all, the project is tentatively scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2021, although the actual timetable will depend on how long Business 40 is closed and other factors, such as weather.

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