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MIC approves traffic signal for South End

For decades, residents of South Superior have wanted a traffic signal on Tower Avenue.

That came closer to reality when the Metropolitan Interstate Council amended the Superior transportation improvement program Tuesday during a special telephone meeting.

Under the plan unanimously approved by the MIC, planning begins this year to install traffic signals at North 61st Street and Tower Avenue in 2020, according to Daniel Bieberitz, traffic and freight engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The signals, like those on Winter Street at Hammond and Tower avenues in North End, would be designed to work with the rail crossings in the area so timing of the signals allows traffic backups to clear when a train is coming. Some of the work with the rail crossing could begin in late 2019, Bieberitz said.

"These projects take some time, in particular, when a rail crossing is involved," said Ron Chicka, MIC director. He said engineering for the project will get underway this year.