Crewmen with Olympic Electric continue work on new traffic lights at the intersection of North Fifth Avenue and West Fir Street this week to have the lights working by June 16. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Crewmen with Olympic Electric continue work on new traffic lights at the intersection of North Fifth Avenue and West Fir Street this week to have the lights working by June 16. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

New Fir Street traffic signal goes live June 16

City staff are seeing a light at the end of Fir Street in the coming weeks.

A new traffic signal is being installed at the West Fir Street and North Fifth Avenue intersection as part of the West Fir Street Rehabilitation project. It’s the final component of the approximate $6.2 million road rehabilitation project to rebuild the five-block stretch near Sequim School District’s main campus.

The traffic signal is slated to begin operation on Tuesday, June 16.

City staff said they anticipate a change in traffic patterns and encourage pedestrians and drivers to pay attention because traffic volumes at the intersection are anticipated to increase.

The new traffic signal ensures there are opportunities for vehicles to enter onto and exit from Fifth Avenue and Fir Street efficiently now and into the future, city engineer Matt Klontz said.

The signal includes new features, such as accessible push-button signals (APS) and countdown pedestrian signal heads that help improve the safety and experience of pedestrians and cyclists and users with disabilities.

City staff said APS offer a vibrating button during the walk signal, an LED light, sound and tactile bounce to confirm the button was pushed, and ambient self-adjustable sound options during the walk signal.

For the pedestrian signal, a flashing person signals when it is safe to enter the crosswalk, a countdown to cross and a flashing stop hand.

Work on the lights was finished by Interwest Construction and Olympic Electric.

For more information, call Sequim’s Department of Public Works at 360-683-4908.

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