Milwaukee Road construction in final stage following delays

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Photo provided Crews began work on installing the final traffic signals as part of the Milwaukee Road project that's been delayed multiple times since construction started in April of last year.

BELOIT - Traffic signal equipment that marks the final stage of the much-delayed Milwaukee Road construction project has been delivered to the City of Beloit, according to Director of Strategic Communications Sarah Millard.

Contractors will begin installing the permanent traffic signals over the next few days, weather permitting.

With the potential for more freezing rain and snow, the work could be paused once again.

Once the poles are installed and electrical work finished, the lights will be programmed to reinstate the left hand turn signals.

"We're a few weeks away from completion and everything is weather dependent, so we're hoping for sunny skies and no more polar vortexes so this can be completed," Millard said.

Since construction started in April, the city has run into multiple delays due to poor weather and material delays.

In December, the city received a partial shipment of multiple, permanent traffic signals, some of which failed stress testing requirements and had to be shipped back to the manufacturer.

The Milwaukee Road project was needed to address multiple issues including concrete pavement distress, upgrading storm water management, accommodating bicycle traffic, filling in sidewalk gaps and upgrading traffic signals.

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