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Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 1:04 p.m.

Chelsea, Manchester ink traffic light contracts with the Road Commission

By Lisa Allmendinger

Chelsea and the Michigan Department of Transportation inked agreements with the Washtenaw County Road Commission to operate traffic lights in two intersections in the city.

Included in the maintenance agreements are the light at M-52 and Middle Street, at a cost of $1,152, which will be split equally between the state and the city.

The second light in the agreement is located at the corner of M-52, South and Park streets with an estimated annual cost of $1,008 that will be split 50-50 between the state and city.

In addition, the Road Commission inked a contract to remove the school flashing light at M-52 and Wolverine Street in the Village of Manchester at a cost of $1,644 that will be paid by Federal Highway Administration funds.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at


David Rhoads

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 4 p.m.

What is it about maintaining two existing traffic signals and removing one flashing light that makes it cost so much?

Jeff Renner

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 2:48 p.m.

"Ink"? Are you using the Variety style guidelines now? It certainly is not clearer than the word "sign," and it's not like you're saving space. Maybe electrons, but not space.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 6:50 p.m.

Hopefully they will do better than they do with the lights on Huron St in AA. I still see "red" when I drive on Huron. Why can't they time the lights so traffic does not have to stop at Division? I was raised in Dearborn and still remember back in the days before computers that I could drive Michigan Avenue from Telegraph to Brady and never stop for a light. Same with Telegraph road.