Antiquated traffic signals at a key entrance to the village of Endicott are about to be removed.

Officials say a long-awaited signal replacement project at the intersection of McKinley Avenue and Monroe Street should finally be completed next month.

The work was expected to be done last fall but it was put on hold because a company that manufactured the steel poles for traffic signals went out of business. That created a pole shortage and a delay in obtaining the poles needed for the project.

Installation work on new traffic signals in Endicott on March 14, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Workers from Binghamton Road Electric and other companies were able to install traffic-sensing loops in the street and do some of the wiring to prepare the intersection before winter.

Although the poles and new signal components were installed this week, the system likely won't be operational until next month.

NYSEG crews still must install electrical lines and the new signal must pass final inspections before the old traffic lights can be removed.

Endicott Mayor John Bertoni has said there have been many complaints about the intersection's traffic signals in recent years.

Drivers often become frustrated by long waits at red lights during periods of light traffic. They also are annoyed by left-turn arrows that are too short during peak traffic times.

A recent traffic count indicated an average of nearly 2,000 vehicles a day pass through the intersection.

Wiring for the new traffic signals at McKinley Avenue and Monroe Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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