Visalia to install two traffic signals on Riggin

The Sun-Gazette

Construction at intersections of County Center and Giddings will begin on April 12 and may restrict lanes of traffic through mid-October

VISALIA — Now that grades 7 to 12 have returned to campus, traffic in north Visalia will be picking up just as on of its major intersections will be shutting down.

The city of Visalia recently announced it will begin work this month to install two traffic signals on Riggin Avenue at the intersections of County Center and Giddings streets. Diego Corvera, associate engineer with the city’s Public Works Department, said construction for both signals will begin Monday, April 12, after students return from spring break, but may not end until mid-way through the fall semester.

“Due to the heavy road work the incorporation of pedestrian ramp construction and the installation of left turn lanes, construction will continue through the summer ultimately scheduled to finish up in October of this year,” Corvera said.

As part of the project, the entire intersection of Giddings Street and Riggin Avenue will be reconstructed and widened 600 feet to the east. Work will include asphalt demolition, sub-grade preparation, signal erection and road paving operations.

The road project at Giddings Street and Riggin Avenue will be constructed in two phases, split between Phase 1, the north half, and Phase 2, the south half. The intersection at County Center at Riggin Avenue will be constructed concurrently with Phase 2 of the Giddings Street at Riggin Avenue intersection and will only require daily lane restrictions.

Once Phase 1 work begins, traffic will be restricted from traveling north on Giddings Street. East-west traffic will remain permitted along Riggin Avenue throughout construction and a traffic detour will be in place, routing northbound and southbound traffic along Giddings Street to Mooney Boulevard, and Shannon Parkway.

“Traffic delays are to be expected, and we encourage travelers to follow the detour or seek an alternative route. As we approach Phase 2 of the construction project, updated detour routes will be provided,” added Corvera.

For additional information, contact Diego Corvera, associate engineer, City of Visalia Engineering Department, at 559-713-4209 or at [email protected].

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