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Canal Road to get stoplight; Union Corners won't

Madison County Highway Superintendent Joseph Slivinski said all of the paving on Court/North Court Street in the village of Wampsville may not be completed this season, and construction workers are concentrating on getting the sidewalks done before temperatures drop.

Slivinski said there are other components to the project.

"We will be getting a full-cycle light at North Court Street and Canal Road," Slivinski said.

The intersection is currently controlled with a two-way flashing red signal for east-west traffic on Canal Road and a two-way flashing yellow for north-south traffic on North Court Street. Motorists who travel the area have expressed frustration that northbound traffic out of Wampsville accelerates from the village's 35-mph zone at the crest of the North Court Street bridge that goes over the railroad tracks, just yards from an intersection where caution is needed.

"We also tried to convince the state Department of Transportation that we needed a light at Route 13 and North Court Road," Slivinski said. "The county agreed to pay for this, but the DOT still says we don't need it."

That intersection, known as Union Corners, has been the scene of numerous accidents, some of which have been fatal. Slivinski said he thought both lights were a done deal as part of the reconstruction project underway.

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