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No traffic lights until project ends

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By David Giuliani

On Feb. 2, someone ran into the control box for the traffic lights at University and Grand avenues. The lights have been out of order ever since.

The cost of repairs will be $20,000 to $30,000, said Christina Romero, the Department of Transportation’s spokeswoman. That is so high the department decided to make the intersection a four-way stop until it completes a project to improve that area of Grand Avenue, she said.

Such improvements may not be finished until 2010 or 2011.

“It will be an extended temporary fix,” Romero said.

The control box has been hit five times over the years because it’s in such a bad place, Romero said. After the project is done, the department plans to relocate the control box to a safer place, she said.

Romero has recorded public service announcements on the radio to let the public know about the change.