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Huntington hires company for traffic-control project

The Huntington Town Board has hired a company to begin a major traffic-control project designed to improve vehicle flow throughout the town by managing traffic signals from Town Hall.

The company, Welsbach Electric Corp. of Plainview, was the low bidder for the project to install a centralized traffic signal control system and upgrade signals on Larkfield Road. The company bid $1.822 million.

The system centralized in Town Hall will be able to control all traffic lights on town roads. It will allow the timing of traffic signals based on such factors as the time of day and the day of week. Managing signals is intended to help improve air quality; reduce noise, vehicle emissions and traffic delays and manage roadway capacity.

Traffic signals at 11 intersections along Larkfield, from Daly Road in Commack to Bellerose Avenue in East Northport, will be upgraded or rebuilt.

The project is expected to begin late this summer or early fall and take about a year to complete. Most of the funding is from federal and state grants, and the town will contribute about $99,650, town officials said.

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