Howland project to relieve traffic

HOWLAND -- New traffic signals, smoother roads and a turning lane will help to relieve traffic congestion on Larchmont Avenue near the Delphi Automotive Systems plant.
The project, estimated to cost $675,000, will be funded by a federal grant, said Randy Smith, deputy Trumbull County engineer.
The work is the result of a two-year-old study of traffic on the road, which is at its worst during shift changes at the Delphi plant.
When traffic is bad, drivers sometimes give up making left-hand turns onto Larchmont and instead go the wrong way and make a U-turn, Smith said.
Details: Trumbull County commissioners voted Wednesday to solicit bids for the project, which includes paving Larchmont from the Warren city line to state Routes 5/82, about a mile and a half away.
North River Road also will be paved for about 600 feet on each side of the Larchmont intersection, Smith said.
Two new traffic lights are planned for that intersection, and a turning lane will be put in for traffic exiting Larchmont.
At entrances to the Delphi plant, five traffic signals will be upgraded to models which are synchronized to keep traffic flowing.
The new lights also will be activated by vehicle detectors in the road. The engineer's department spent $80,000 designing the changes, Smith said.
The work may be completed by winter, depending on the availability of traffic-signal components.

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