A reader e-mailed us today to ask about the traffic light at Lovers Lane and Armstrong Parkway, which has become a four-way stop since the ice storm. “Does the city know how much the stop sign backs up traffic in an already congested stretch of road?” the reader asked.
University Park spokesman Steve Mace said the mast arm was damaged during the storm, but the contractor is on site as I type this post. The crew is laying foundation and conduit, and the concrete has to cure for seven days. So the earliest the new mast arm can go up is next Friday. If not then, Mace said, by March 1 at the latest.
“We are aware of the traffic consequences,” Mace said. “The situation has our full attention.”
Mace said the city was lucky on this front. That mast arm was longer than most, and when the city called last week for a replacement, the supplier had only one in stock.