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Blinking traffic signal by FedEx on Route 5 will be 3-color by next week

The new traffic signal on Route 5 between Hoover and Bayview roads in Hamburg was turned on to a flashing light Thursday.

“It will flash for a week just to warn people of the new traffic control device,” said Susan S. Surdej, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

The signals were installed weeks ago, but were covered.

Next Thursday (June 30), the 41,400 motorists who use the road each day will find a fully-activated three-color signal.

The DOT advises motorists to use caution when approaching the new signal as vehicles adjust to the new traffic pattern.

The signal will control traffic on Route 5 and the newly-constructed Lake Erie Boulevard, which provides access to the new FedEx Ground Transport plant in Lake Erie Commerce Center.

The speed in that area is 55 mph. but the DOT plans to monitor the area for six months to determine if any other changes, such as lowering the speed limit, would be warranted, Surdej said.

More road work will be done in that area.

• Bayview Road will be closed between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 5.

• Hoover Road will be realigned to meet Route 5 across from Lake Erie Boulevard, forming a four-corner intersection.

• A road will be constructed to access the industrial area and tavern on Hoover Road, which will meet the realigned Hoover Road in a T-intersection.

• A cul-de-sac will be built on the north end of Hoover Road near the Southtowns Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility..

Construction on the Route 5/Bayview project is scheduled to begin in spring 2017. The construction cost is $1.4 million.

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