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Source: The Kokomo Tribune

Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 25, 2010

Main fire station to get a makeover

City purchases nine new signal control units

By KEN de la BASTIDE
Tribune enterprise editor

Kokomo — The main station for the Kokomo Fire Department is getting a makeover.

The Kokomo Board of Public Works and Safety awarded a contract Wednesday to Monroe Construction for $83,805 for a facade improvement on the station at Washington and Superior streets.

Monroe Construction was the second lowest of four bids on the project, but city controller Jim Brannon submitted a voluntary alternative for the exterior stone, which lowered its bid by $6,000.

Carey Stranahan, city engineer, explained after the meeting there are four major stages of work involved. He said the work is expected to begin in early July.

Imitation stone will be installed on the front of the building, smoked glass will also be installed, the station will be repainted, lighting will be upgraded and a new north side entrance will be constructed.

The board also approved the purchase of nine traffic signal controller units from Traffic Control Corp. for $59,975 to be installed at nine different locations.

Stranahan said the controls are programmed for timing based on traffic count. He said the internal clocks on the older signal controls along Washington Street can no longer stay on time.

“It will improve efficiency for the traveling public,” he said. “It allows flexibility to program more complex signal timing.”

The new controls will be placed at intersections on Home Avenue at Hoffer and Defenbaugh streets and Apperson Way; Washington Street at North, Monroe, Jefferson, Taylor and Mulberry streets; and Hoffer and LaFountain streets.

The compatibility of the systems will allow the city to eventually interconnect the intersections and improve traffic flow on the street corridors.

• Ken de la Bastide is the Kokomo Tribune enterprise editor. He can be reached at 765-454-8580 or via e-mail at ken.delabastide@kokomotribune.com

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