Lights out Wednesday at Cumberland and Water

A car heads through the intersection at Water Street and Cumberland Street on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. A city report says the lights should be shut off for now and a study completed on whether they are needed. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A set of temporary traffic lights at Cumberland Street and Water Street will go dark on Wednesday.

The city announced Monday, the lights, which were put in to handle traffic during the Brookdale reconstruction project, will be turned off and covered up Feb. 1.

A stop sign will go back on Cumberland Street while Water Street traffic will be unimpeded.

The city’s engineering department will be studying over the next few months whether permanent lights are needed at the intersection.

This, after Coun. Justin Towndale spearheaded the push to keep the lights.

There has also been a strong outcry on Facebook from residents suggesting the lights are needed in order to help motorists get from Cumberland to eastbound Water.

A report will be coming to city council in May.

Adding a set of traffic lights at the intersection would cost $140,000 for equipment and $5,000 a year for maintenance, according to the city.

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