Sleek new intersections
Motorists traveling through three key intersections around High Point University will pass under new traffic signals on sleek, black poles by this summer.
As part of a collaborative project between HPU and the city of High Point, crews are erecting sets of new traffic lights at Montlieu Avenue and College Drive, Lexington Avenue and College and Centennial Street and College. The intersections are gateways to the growing university campus.
The signal at Montlieu and College, which will replace a more traditional one held up by wooden utility poles, should be completed soon. The remaining two signals are scheduled to be in place by the end of June, said City Transportation Director Mark McDonald.
The three new signals will cost approximately $400,000, McDonald told The High Point Enterprise. The new traffic lights are part of a larger project between the university and city to place utilities underground around the campus. The city and HPU are each spending about $1 million on the overall project, said Assistant City Manager Randy McCaslin.
A spokeswoman for the university said that HPU has submitted input on the project as part of the collaboration with the city.
The three new traffic signals near the university tie into the work to place utility lines underground, McDonald told The High Point Enterprise.
“The desire was to also put the traffic signal wiring underground as well, to remove wooden poles around the intersection,” McDonald said. “With an underground installation, we typically go with the metal mast arms.”
The black metal poles being installed around the university are similar to the traffic signals put along parts of Kivett Drive in easth High Point several years ago as part of the Kivett Gateway Project, he said.
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Costs of traffic signals vary with the size and configuration of the intersection. A typical wood pole and span wire installation costs around $100,000. Upgrades to include metal poles and mast arms increase costs to $125,000 to $150,000.
Source: City of High Point Transportation Department