The intersection between the Old Island Highway and Maryland Road is about to be safer.

Work to install the new traffic signal is set to begin on Monday. 

The city says the work is scheduled to be completed in stages over a period of approximately eight weeks. 

“Replacing the existing stop sign with traffic lights will provide a safer way to enter and exit the Maryland area,” the city’s director of operations Drew Hadfield said. 

“This work will be done in stages, so drivers won’t see active construction each day during this time.”

The city will try to maintain two-way traffic as much as possible while construction goes on, but temporary lane closures may be required at certain times. Traffic control personnel will be on site to direct drivers.

Hadfield adds drivers should expect minor delays at the intersection.

“Drivers are reminded to proceed with caution in the work area, and we thank everyone in advance for their patience during this construction.”

The new signal includes the following:

  • traffic controller and box
  • bases and poles
  • street name signs
  • traffic signal heads
  • LED luminaires
  • accessible pedestrian system
  • pedestrian countdown timers
  • emergency vehicle pre-emption system.

The city says ICBC will provide $29,000 in funding assistance.