Niles, Napier intersection to get new street sign

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — For weeks, the street sign on the corner of Niles and Napier avenues in St. Joseph has been shorter than normal after recent construction on the intersection.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Nick Schirripa said while signs are mandated to be at least 17 feet off the ground, the shorter sign was meant to be there temporarily.

Schirripa said the street name signs are owned by the city of St. Joseph. However, MDOT temporarily relocated them because of the signal work at that location.

The signal work is expected to be completed later this year, which Schirripa said will most likely be closer toward summer.

“There will be new street signs at the intersection, which are the big illuminated signs that hang from the signal mast arm,” Schirripa said. “I know we are working on the utilities, but we have yet to do ADA (American Disabilities Act) ramp reconstruction for the sidewalks. The signals also have to be replaced.”

The illuminated street sign that is expected to be installed at the three-way intersection will be the only one MDOT plans to do so in the city.

“There were a handful of intersections we are working on, but that’s the only one that gets that big of a change,” Schirripa said. “I don’t think there were any others that were getting that much of a design change.”

Traffic numbers for Napier Avenue are not available to MDOT, but Niles Avenue sees about 17,600 cars daily that run south of Napier and 14,200 cars that north of Napier.

The busy intersection is no stranger to construction, especially with work on the CVS Pharmacy that began in 2015.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Jan. 10, 2017)

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