MASON CITY | Mason City has begun replacement on downtown traffic signals on South Delaware Avenue at the intersections of 2nd Street SE and 1st Street SE.

According to the city engineer's office, the project "involves the removal of the existing signals and associated components, then the installation of new traffic signals, components and controllers."

Traffic in the area will be steadily reduced to one lane for the length of the project. 

On street parking will also be displaced for periods of time.

City Engineer Mark Rahm said he expected the project to be completed "by the end of this construction season, 2019."

Rahm said that the $1.51 million dollar contract with K&W Electric that the project had been budgeted for the past several years and then city engineering did get it "into the budget over a two-year period."

Rahm asserted the project will ultimately save residents both time and money.

"There has been quite a bit of maintenance on these signals," Rahm said.

As of now, a lot of maintenance is time specific and dealing with broken conduits and wiring. 

"The system underground is just rotting away. A lot of it has just been more time than money," Rahm said.

The city engineer's office is asking residents to "use caution when driving near the work zone and allow for additional travel time.

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