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Will the road construction at Independence and Wrightsville synchronize the signals along Independence?

Patrick Gannon
StarNews

Eventually, those intersections along Independence Boulevard will be tied into an improved traffic signal system throughout New Hanover County. But when the traffic signal synchronization project will be finished and whether those particular intersections will function more efficiently for motorists are unclear.

Contractors for the the N.C. Department of Transportation are working on a traffic signal synchronization project. Separated into three phases, the project will eventually upgrade signals throughout the county with newer technology.

The intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Independence Boulevard is in Phase 2 of the work. Infrasource Underground Construction Services LLC is the contractor for Phase 2, which is expected to be finished by June 2011 at the latest.

“Hopefully, it’ll be done a lot sooner than that,” said Kerry Cross, DOT resident engineer.

The stretch of Independence from Shipyard Boulevard to Carolina Beach Road is in Phase I, which is now slated to be done in January 2010.

Wanda James, assistant resident engineer in the DOT construction unit in Burgaw, said a goal of the synchronization project is to reduce the number of stops for motorists.

“If you catch one light and they’re synchronized you should be able to go through the system with very limited stops,” she said.

Check out Military Cutoff Road from the Bradley Creek bridge to Market Street. The signals along that stretch are synchronized. That should give you an idea of how roads in the rest of the county should operate under the new system.

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