•WHAT: Perkins Avenue traffic signal project. Several traffic signals at numerous intersections along Perkins Avenue will be replaced and upgraded with more efficient lighting mechanisms and overall better aesthetics.
•WHERE: The intersections slated to receive better traffic signals include Perkins Avenue at Camp Street, Hayes Avenue (Ohio 4), the Sandusky High School entrance, Campbell Street, Caldwell Street, Columbus Avenue and 52nd Street.
•WHEN: Construction should start April 18 and end by Aug. 15, according to a contract.
•WHY: Electricians constantly repair these outdated signals. New signals will reduce the time they spend repairing them. The energy-efficient signals also won’t require wires strewn across these intersections. It’s been almost four decades since traffic signals along this mile-long corridor have received a major makeover.
•OTHER IMPROVEMENTS: Some other upgrades include:
— Coordinating signals so several traffic lights in one direction simultaneously flash green. This will reduce the number of stops drivers make when traveling in one direction along Perkins Avenue.
— Replacing the electrical boxes found near intersections.
— Installing new pedestrian signals, poles and video detection equipment. The cameras detect when a red light should turn green once a car approaches an intersection.
— Painting new pavement markings, such as stop lines and pedestrian crosswalks.
•COST: The project is $852,500 for engineering, inspection, advertising, installing and other related expenses.
•FUNDING BREAKDOWN: State funds are covering about $672,800. Sandusky and Erie County are then splitting the remaining $179,700, with each entity contributing about $89,850.
•PROJECT’S IMPORTANCE: “It’s long awaited, and I’m glad we have the money to take care of it,” commissioner Wes Poole said. “This has been on hold for other priorities, but I’m glad we are finally getting to it. It’s a great improvement for the street.”