Traffic Light Installed in Front of Riverfront Park

1/25/2012

HUNTINGTON — Walking to and from Harris Riverfront Park will be easier come spring.
A traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Boulevard
and 10th Street to help pedestrians get across the four-lane road. The signal is
part of a $3.67 million project to revamp Huntington’s outdated traffic signal system,
Public Works Director David Hagley said. The project covers 57 intersections on
3rd and 5th avenues between 5th and 29th streets and 4th, 6th and 7th avenues in
the central business district. The project will synchronize stop lights through
wireless communications to a central location at the Nick J. Rahall Appalachian
Transportation Institute at Marshall University. Hagley said the light will probably
become operational in about a month, but it largely depends on the contractor’s
progress with the rest of the traffic-synchronization project. The light will have
sensors that can detect when traffic is heavy and call buttons for pedestrians,
he said.