City paints traffic signals brown

Corey Nasby (left) and James Angstman of OLS Restoration Inc. painted the traffic signal at School Street and Freeport Avenue in Elk River. Project manager/safety coordinator was Jeremiah Shank.

A crew from OLS Restoration Inc. finished up painting the traffic signal at School Street and Freeport Avenue in Elk River on Thursday, June 2.
The Elk River City Council had earlier authorized the painting of that signal system and three others. OLS Restoration submitted the lowest quote for painting all four at $24,982.
The other signals that will be painted are on Highway 169 — at 197th Avenue, 193rd Avenue and School Street. That will wait until the work on the southbound Highway 169 bridge over Highway 10 is finished.
City Engineer Justin Femrite said the three will be painted in August.
The four signals were all due to be repainted and city decided to switch to brown paint, which city officials said hides rust better and makes for a more attractive urban streetscape. The old color scheme included green bases, yellow posts and grey arms.

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