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July 20, 2004

Thomasville - A couple of months ago, we told you that the new traffic lights in downtown Thomasville would be up and running in a couple of weeks, but they're still not working.

DOT Engineer Lenny Wiggins says, "They had some problems, the contractor did, in getting some of the equipment in, the right equipment put in and that's basically been the holdup."

Lack of equipment and thunderstorms have pushed the deadline back by at least two months, maybe longer. The original contract stated the work would be finished by the end of August. Now, it looks like it could be October.

One reason for the delay was a simple mix-up. the wrong color light and crosswalk signals were ordered, then installed. Now they all have to be taken down and replaced with the correct color. And once the correct fixtures are installed, there's still more work to be done. Handicap ramps need to be poured and loops that control the lights will have to be cut in the road.

Wiggins says, even with delays, the completed product will benefit Thomasville. "The ones [traffic lights] that are here now on the sides, it's hard for people coming through town, especially if you're not through here to actually notice the signals on the side," he says. "Now they'll be up above you so you'll notice them more."

That is, as soon as they're turned on. Lenny Wiggins said the contract delay will not affect the $2 Million budget for the lights which is being paid for by the Department of Transportation.

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