It will take a month of intermittent lane closures, but the traffic signals on northbound U.S. Route 13 in Odessa will soon be much safer, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation.
"We've had a number of requests for this project from Odessa residents concerned about the safety of that intersection," DelDOT spokeswoman Sandy Roumillat said this week. "When the project is finished the traffic lights will be bigger and more visible, while the intersection will be more accessible to pedestrians."
Roumillat said the $211,000 project at the intersection of Odessa's Main Street (Del. Route 299) and northbound Route 13 will include replacing the existing signals that hang on wires with signals attached to poles and mast arms.
The new traffic signals will feature lights that are a foot in diameter, an upgrade from the outdated 8-inch lights.
Several trees around the intersection also will be removed to improve the sight lines of approaching traffic, she said.
At the same time, DelDOT will be making the intersection compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act by adding curb cuts and sidewalk ramps.
The project is slated to begin at Monday and continue through Aug. 23, weather permitting.
Work on the upgrades will occur weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., during which the left or right northbound lane will be closed.
"It will only be one lane or the other, but not both at any time," Roumillat said.
Motorists are directed to slow down and watch for flaggers and police officers directing traffic around the work crews during the project.