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Another traffic light on Navarro to be added

By Melissa Crowe
March 20, 2013 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2013 at 10:21 p.m.

Noontime traffic on Navarro Street stretches in a long line, making it difficult to cross against the flow.

DOLLARS AND CENTS

Signal criteria study - $7,500

Mobilization - $20,000

Traffic signal installation - $240,000

Sidewalk and ramp modifications - $5,000

Utility relocations - $5,000

5-percent contingency - $13,875

Engineering - $41,625

TOTAL SIGNAL - $333,000

SOURCE: CITY OF VICTORIA

Victoria businesses are eager about a traffic light planned at the intersection of Huvar and Navarro streets.

Debbie Kaspar, Green Bros. Jewelers General Manager, at 6802 N. Navarro St., said she hopes the traffic signal eases the traffic flow.

"The traffic backs up a little bit, but the light will be fantastic," she said. "It'll be easy to get on and off Navarro."

The light is anticipated to address traffic coming from three nearby hotels: Days Inn Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites.

Jimmy Roach, Public Works deputy director, said the estimated cost of the signal at Huvar and Navarro streets is about $333,000.

The city entered into a $48,000 contract Feb. 18 with HDR Engineering Inc. to design that intersection, Roach said.

"We plan to bid the project in May and award it in June," Roach said. "Hopefully, construction will begin in August-September of this year."

Roach said the design is currently being drawn up.

"We hope to be complete with this project by the end of this year," he said.

Using the 2006 standards outlined by Texas Department of Transportation, HDR Engineering found that the intersection met one of the nine criteria that requires a new signal.

The criteria include eight- and four-hour traffic volume, peak hour, pedestrian volume, school crossings, coordinated signal system, crash experience, roadway network and intersections near grade crossings.

Victoria exceeds the thresholds for peak traffic. From 11 a.m. through 8 p.m., traffic on Navarro Street ranged from 2,135 to 3,030 vehicles.

Tracy Taylor, the location manager at Avis Victoria Rent-A-Car, 7010 N. Navarro St., said during the 14 years she has worked at the store she has seen traffic increase on Navarro Street.

"I think the light would help," Taylor said. "There's so much traffic on Navarro in front of us."

While she said daily traffic "is nothing compared to Black Friday shopping traffic," she said there are days when employees and customers have a hard time getting in and out of the business.

The Huvar Street signal project also includes removing and relocating the pole and mast arm at the northeast corner of Rio Grande and Navarro streets. That work is being done in anticipation of the construction of a right turn lane off Rio Grande onto Navarro constructed by Texas Department of Transportation in September 2013.

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