TWENTYNINE PALMS — The lights are up at Lear Avenue but required safety delays have prevented them from being turned on.
After long delays and light pole mix-ups, the traffic signal at Lear Avenue is finally installed and nearly operational. One big hiccup; the warning beacons and a required guard rail are on back order, city officials said.
The City of Twentynine Palms posted the following notice on their city Facebook page on Nov. 7:
“There has been a delay in turning on the signal light at Lear Avenue and Highway 62. There are ‘Warning’ beacons that are required going east and west. These beacons require a guard rail that is on back order.”
City Manager Frank Luckino said he was pleased to finally announce the “poles are up” during the Oct. 23 city council meeting. The lights had been initially scheduled to turn on Nov. 6. The city has yet to announce an official date for when the guard rails and new beacons will arrive.
The intersection of Lear Avenue at Twentynine Palms Highway has been the site of many traffic accidents with several deaths in recent years. The city initially hoped Caltrans would install and energize the signal in early 2018, but the wrong poles were ordered, according to city officials.
Elecnor Belco Electric officials were working at the Lear Avenue light on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The city council awarded the Highway 62/Lear Avenue Traffic Signal Project to Elecnor Belco Electric in the amount of $540,274. The cost of the project is being funded with transportation funds from Cal Trans and Measure I funding, Luckino said.
Eecnor Belco Electric, part of the main Belco company, has been a Southern California-based commercial electrical contractor for more than 15 years.