City to pay contractor $56,000 for 5th and Main redesign

A contractor has been selected to redesign the intersection at 5th Avenue and Main Street.

The east and west ends of the intersection are not properly aligned, meaning motorists have to turn down Main Street before continuing down 5th Avenue.

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Associated Engineering will be doing the work for $56,000. That company was responsible for the 2009 traffic study that recommended the realignment, and designed the Highway #5 and Main as well as the Highway #5 and Peck Road intersection.

 

Four-way stop

The junction of 6th Avenue and 9th Street will soon become a four-way stop.

Peter Berquist, the city’s public works director, said at the Sept. 24 council meeting city staff have looked at the volumes of traffic going through the intersection and found the north, south and east legs have fairly equal traffic volumes.

“The intersection has corners of buildings that are fairly close to the actual sightlines of the intersection, so there are concerns noted that people are a bit confused when they’re going through that intersection,” he said. “They sometimes stall or stop, thinking it’s a four-way stop already.”

 
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