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City to upgrade traffic lights to combat moisture problem

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The city hopes to put up a red light on a growing traffic light problem.

Later this year, Winnipeg public service crews will begin installing waterproof gel covers over the traffic signals. The city has been experiencing an increase in traffic signal malfunctions, a problem traced to moisture and wet conditions impacting the electrical components inside the traffic poles.

Heavy rain, snow, and fast temperature increases -- the latter occurring earlier this month -- are the main culprits for the flashing red issues at some intersections.

Approximately 50-80 traffic signal locations will be addressed this year. Subject to approval of the 2015 capital budget, the waterproof gel covers will be installed at all 645 locations (between 6,000-7,000 poles) next year.

The cost of the project is expected to be in the $550,000 range.

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