St. Cloud plans to remove downtown traffic light

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ST. CLOUD – The City of St. Cloud is considering removing a traffic light at the intersection of St. Germain Street and Eighth Avenue North and will be taking feedback from residents until the end of the month.

Traffic systems director Blake Redfield said the city investigated whether to remove the light in 2012 as pedestrian and traffic volumes began to decline.

The city has decided to keep the fire as a result of the investigation, but is now considering removing it due to the decrease in traffic over the past two years, Redfield said. If removed, the intersection would become a four-lane stop, much like other downtown intersections.

To make the decision, the city must collect traffic and pedestrian data on who uses the intersection, as well as seek public comment via a survey, he said.

Residents can complete the survey over the phone by calling the Public Works Department at 320-650-2900.

City council will make a decision on its removal by mid-October, Redfield said. The moving works would take place before the end of 2021.

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Signs describe a signal study currently underway at the intersection of rue Saint-Germain and eighth avenue on Thursday, September 23, 2021, in downtown Saint-Cloud.

Brake light systems typically have a lifespan of 30 to 40 years, with one or two major renovations, Redfield said. Replacing a circulation system like this typically costs between $ 150,000 and $ 200,000, and the cost of replacing larger circulation systems can exceed $ 300,000, he said.

This circulation system has been in place since the 1980s and “technically, technically speaking, it certainly doesn’t need to be out there anymore,” Redfield said. “Based on comments from the general public, it now looks like it will more than likely be deleted.”

Becca Most is an urban reporter for the St. Cloud Times. Contact her at 320-241-8213 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @becca_most.

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