There is a reason why the new traffic signals at Crocker Lane and Gibson Hill Road in North Albany aren’t working even though the installation looks finished. And you won’t be surprised that the blame, like for everything else, falls on Covid-19.
A reader, Nina Barry, sent me an email wondering why the long-awaited signals were not functioning even though they had been announced as being scheduled for completion by some time in October.
Chris Cerklewski is the engineer in Albany Public Works overseeing the $800,000 project to install the lights. It was he who explained the delay.
“Most of the work is done,” he wrote in an email, “except that we are waiting for the traffic signal controller cabinet to arrive. The manufacturer has pushed back the delivery date several times due to Covid-19 related delays in their supply chain. Since this cabinet controls the operation of the signal, work has been paused until it arrives.”
So how long is it going to take?
“At this point we are anticipating the signal being operational by the end of February 2021,” Chris continued. “In the meantime the contractor is working on getting the street lighting at the intersection wired up since the intersection is pretty dark at night. The lighting should be turned on by the end of this week.”
City plans originally had called for a roundabout at Crocker and Gibson Hill, a T-junction getting busier each year with new housing tracts being built. It was in May 2017 that the city council changed its mind and voted to install a set of signals instead. (hh)