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A project to replace traffic signal cabinets and other components at seven locations in Minot is under way, according to City of Minot Traffic Engineer Stephen Joersz.
Work began in early March at South Broadway and 11th Avenue Southwest, with work scheduled at these locations in the coming months:
“We’re updating infrastructure that’s outdated,” said Joersz. “We’re having problems with the video detection systems not working and servicing these cabinets is difficult because it’s hard to find replacement parts when the equipment breaks down.”
In North Dakota, it is illegal to use video to catch traffic violators, Joersz said. Video is used to monitor traffic flow.
Joersz said some of the pre-work will be done during daylight hours, which will lead to periodic single lane traffic closures. But much of the work will be done overnight, including when the switch is made from the old cabinet to the new cabinet, to minimize impacts on traffic.
The new cabinets have battery backups in case of power outages, and they will all be intelligent transportation system compatible when the City implements that technology in years to come.
“The new systems will allow us to monitor traffic regularly, which allows us to make signal timing changes to allow people to get through the corridors more efficiently,” Joersz said.
Joersz said more cabinets will be replaced in 2021. This year’s work is expected to be completed by early July.