Fairborn replacing downtown traffic light with stop signs

A traffic light in downtown Fairborn that’s been there for nearly a half of century is now being replaced with stop signs.

News Center 7's Josh Jackson talked to the city engineer about why the city decided on the replacement.

The light located at Main Street and Wright Avenue has been up since 1972, but city officials said it was no longer needed and could save residents more than $100,000.

“The signal here located at Main Street and Wright was coming up on our list as being one of the older signals in our city and needed to have some repairs and replacement done to it,” Fairborn Engineer Lee Harris said.

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Harris said the city did a warrant study to see if the signal was needed any more.

“After the study, we found that the signal was not needed. It can be removed, so instead of putting all of the time and effort into making those repairs or doing a complete replacement of the signal, we found that we can go ahead and remove it.”

A complete replacement of the traffic light would cost the city nearly $140,000.

“So instead of putting that money into a signal that’s not really needed at that intersection, we can go ahead and put that back into our other signals and all of our other streets,” Harris said.

The rest of the equipment at the intersection will be removed in Spring 2020.

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