City to paint more signals

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 at intersections with Main Street, Jackson Avenue, Proctor Avenue, Upland Avenue and Joplin Street.

•Highway 10 off ramp at Highway 101/169.

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 gray 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.

The signal painting was begun after a 2011 inspection showed the need to begin a painting program to preserve the signals.