The Perry City Hall has issued a statement on the redesign project for Highway 144 and Willis Avenue. The statement, which follows, includes an explanation of the new traffic and pedestrian signals.
The city of Perry will be finishing up construction at the intersection of Highway 144 and Willis Avenue the week of May 23. The project included new storm sewer, widened radii for truck movements and sidewalk and traffic signalization. The project is currently two weeks ahead of schedule from the June 3rd completion date.
The contractor for the project, Voltmer Inc., has completed all storm-sewer and paving operations for both phases. The intersection is open to public travel on Willis Avenue in both directions with a four-way stop.
Pavement markings for the new lane configurations will begin Thursday, May 19. The lane configurations will start at Otley Avenue and extend north on Highway 144 to Bateman Street. The new lane configurations will transition from the existing four lanes to a three-lane section, with the middle lane being reserved for left turns.
The contractor expects to have all traffic poles up and operational by May 20. They will be setting the signals to flashing red through the weekend to maintain a four-way stop.
Starting Monday, May 23, the contractor will put the signals into full operation. With upgrading the lane configuration, the signals will also be upgraded to have a yellow flashing arrow for left turn movements.
We ask that all drivers and pedestrians take extra precaution at the intersection when the signals go into full operation.