The West Virginia Department of Highways is administering the project, but the city is working with the DOH to help ease the delays and adverse impacts on drivers.
"We just want everybody to be patient," Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker said.
The $4.6 million project will replace traffic lights, street signs, and poles and install new pedestrian crossings throughout the East End and downtown, including along Kanawha Boulevard.
Some of the work has been visible already. Intersections in the East End have already started to be cut open for the work. Bayliss and Ramey is the contractor for the project.
"It's the largest traffic signal project we've done," Walker said.
The new traffic lights will be similar to those found on Washington Street in the East End.
The contractor has until the end of 2014 to complete the work. Until then, drivers should be prepared for variances from the normal operation of traffic lights in the work area. Walker said the contractor will be making adjustments to the timing of the lights as problems arise.
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