Elk River will paint seven traffic signals this summer

Elk River plans to paint seven more traffic signal systems this summer.

The City Council has accepted a low quote of $39,100 by OLS Restoration Inc. for the work, according to City Engineer Justin Femrite.

The city portion of the work will cost $34,000 and the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s share will be $5,100.

The signal systems that will be painted are:

•Highway 169 and Main Street

•Highway 10 and Main Street

•Highway 10 and Jackson Avenue

•Highway 10 and Proctor Avenue

•Highway 10 and Upland Avenue

•Highway 10 and Joplin Street

•Highway 10 off ramp at Highway 101/169

Corey Nasby (left) and James Angstman of OLS Restoration Inc. painted the traffic signal at School Street and Freeport Avenue in Elk River last summer. Seven more signals in Elk River will be painted this summer.

They will be painted in a black and brown color scheme, similar to the painting of four other signals in Elk River last year.

City officials have said the dark paint hides rust better and makes for a more attractive urban streetscape. The old color scheme included green bases, yellow posts and grey arms.

Femrite anticipates the signal painting to begin in late July to early August, after the Minnesota Department of Transportation has completed an overlay project on Highway 169.

Signals painted last year were at School Street and Freeport Avenue and at Highway 169 and 197th Avenue, 193rd Avenue and School Street.