Brighton reaches final phase of street signal upgrade

Project aimed at improving safety at intersection where baseball coach died in crash

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The city of Brighton said work on a controlled signal at East 144th Avenue and Sable Boulevard is in the last phase.

A Fort Morgan baseball coach died in a crash at that intersection almost three years ago. That prompted the call for a controlled traffic signal at all four corners. The city said the project is about 85% complete.

City spokesperson Linda Ong said the project consisted of two phases. The first part was underground infrastructure, followed by burying overhead power lines because of conflicts. The second phase .. and the most visible to traffic -- is the installation of the signals and other infrastructure.

"Last week, the contract team completed the installation of the traffic signal poles," Ong said. "The team will be installing the traffic signal components over the next week and begin testing the signal. The final components include items such as the traffic signal heads, signage, guardrail, traffic signal controller cabinet, and other similar components."

Ong said the signal should be fully operational by the end of the month. Before that, the signal's use starts with a flash test for several days.

"We ask the public to please use caution while construction is finalizing and slow speeds when approaching traffic control to keep our team safe," Ong said. "Additionally, be prepared for the change of flow in traffic and the new configuration as the transition from a four-way stop is made to a signalized intersection."

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