Supervisors OK portable traffic signals for work zones

Portable traffic signals that will aid in the safety of construction workers will soon be on display in Webster County.

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an application for Transportation Safety Improvement funds for one set of temporary traffic signals.

The cost for the equipment is $47,200. It will be provided by OMJC Signal, of Waterloo.

The Webster County Secondary Roads Department requested the application.

In the application, Jamie Johll, assistant county engineer, said the purpose of the signals is to “replace flagging operations using personnel in an effort to provide safer work zones for county maintenance crews and to move traffic through the work zone more safely and efficiently.”

The signals will mostly be used on two-lane paved roads during construction projects that require one lane of traffic to be closed. The equipment will be put into service in August.