If everything goes according to plan, an eagerly awaited traffic signal in North Albany will be activated at 10 a.m. March 3. That’s Wednesday, in case you’ve lost track of the calendar.
This set of signals is at Gibson Hill Road and Crocker Lane. It was made necessary by all the new housing built in the last 10 years or so near the northern end of Crocker, and by the general increase in traffic from other population growth in North Albany.
The city council started talking about what to do at the T-junction in 2016, eventually settling on traffic signals rather than a roundabout, which had been the first choice.
A contractor finished the installation last fall. But a cabinet for the signal control unit was first delayed, then damaged in shipping and returned to the manufacturer, causing the finished signal heads to remain covered up for three of four months.
Ron Irish, the city’s traffic systems analyst, announced the signal activation date in answer to a question at Monday’s meeting of the Albany Traffic Safety Commission.
So, starting Wednesday, commuting from Crocker should become easier. A slightly longer commute — because of waiting at red lights — awaits drivers on Gibson Hill. (hh)