Get ready for some new traffic signals in Gilbert.
Crews are installing or adding signals at five intersections this month.
The most recent came Friday when left-turn lights were added to Higley Road and Houston Avenue.
The new signals join eight others this year. One more addition is planned for Sept. 15 when left-turn signals will be installed at Lindsay and Germann roads.
Gilbert’s first signal was installed on July 1, 1971, at the intersection of Gilbert and Elliot roads.
It stood as the town’s only controlled crossing for more than 13 years until another set of signals were placed at Gilbert and Guadalupe roads.
Now that you know some basic information about the town’s signals, try some traffic light trivia.
Question: How much does it cost to equip a Gilbert intersection with new traffic signals?
Answer: $270,000 to $300,000.
Question: In what year were the most traffic signals installed in Gilbert?
Answer: 2006 with 29 signals. 2007 was second with 22.
CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS
• Crews continue work to widen Ellsworth Road from Ellsworth Loop to Cloud roads. Lane shifts and speed reductions remain in place this week.
• Traffic will be restricted on Ocotillo Road from Hawes to Ellsworth Loop roads as work continues on the widening of Ocotillo. Traffic will be shifted south.
• Drivers should expect restrictions and possible closures on Cloud Road this week from Ellsworth to Crismon roads as crews install a sewer line. Two-way traffic is planned during nonworking hours, and flaggers/off-duty police officers will control the road during work.
• As crews widen both Chandler Heights and Hawes roads, left turns will remain restricted at the intersection, and lane restrictions will remain in place.
• Queen Creek Road remains closed between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road while crews install underground utilities and complete construction on making Queen Creek six lanes.
• Traffic in both directions on Pecos Road will be restricted at Napa Lane. There will be no turns onto Pecos from Napa.