There is a new traffic signal and a number of upgrades to traffic signals coming to the Wards Corner Business District. The most obvious is the traffic signal on E. Little Creek Road entering the parking lot of the new Harris Teeter. The signal has been installed but is not yet operational.
According to City engineers:
Prior to putting the signal into full operation all of the pavement markings need to be in place which include the stop bars on Little Creek Rd and the crosswalks. Due to the weather we have not been able to get the contractor to complete this last piece so that we can then power the signal, perform a final punch list, take care of any issues from that and then place into full operation. We do know that there has been a long delay, or what is perceive to be a delay in getting this operational and we will work to push our contractor once the weather breaks for good.
Additionally, money has been appropriated by City Council to upgrade the
traffic signals at E. Little Creek Road and Taussig Blvd. The upgrades include switching from signals that hang from wires to signals that hang from mast arms. Pedestrian signals will also be installed. The same upgrades are planned for the intersection of Granby Street and Taussig Blvd.
Mast arm poles are superior to the wire hung signals as they are better at withstanding storms and require less maintenance.