For a long time residents in the new subdivisions off North Albany’s Crocker Lane have waited for a traffic signal at Gibson Hill Road to ease their commutes to town. Now it appears they’ll have to wait another month, or two.
The city’s contractor finished the construction of the signal’s infrastructure last fall. But because of Covid-caused problems in the supply chain, the city was told, the manufacturer had been unable to deliver the “signal controller cabinet.”
In November, when the last update on this project appeared here, the word was that the cabinet would be delivered in time for the signal to be activated in February.
The bad news came Friday in City Manager Peter Troedsson’s weekly report to the council:
“This week we were advised by the general contractor that the controller cabinet was received, but that it was damaged in shipping. The manufacturer is providing a replacement, but the project completion date has been pushed to the end of March. We’ll continue to check with the contractor, and are planning to have notification signs of a traffic change installed one week prior to signal activation.”
I’m not clear — and can’t at the moment find out — whether we’re talking here about a “cabinet” alone or the contents, which presumably are a bunch of complicated electronics. And are signal cabinets so rare that it takes weeks or months to get one? Where does this one come from anyway that the lead time is so great?
I hope to get those questions answered when I can reach someone.
In the meantime, Crocker Lane drivers are just going to have to be patient. And drivers on Gibson Hill have a few more weeks to enjoy not being stopped by a new signal on their way to town or home again.
This signal, by the way, is costing about $800,000. If the goal was to give Crocker Lane drivers a break, putting stop signs on Gibson Hill might have done the job for a couple thousand bucks. (hh)