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"Poles too high, new traffic light delayed"

"A new set of stoplights installed this week at the intersection of Fish Road and Highway 525 will hang dark over the roadway for another month-and-a-half.Despite the best efforts of the Department of Transportation engineers who designed the $1.2 million intersection project, the poles holding the stoplights are too high and are in danger of interfering with high-voltage electric lines hanging nearby.This week, a Bellingham electrical contractor installed the lights, which are dark and shrouded with plastic. Claudia Cornish, a public information officer with the DOT's Northwest office, said Friday that the agency cannot energize the lights next week as had been planned. Shortening the poles will require the disassembly of the fully-assembled, pre-fabricated poles and will take more than a month.This week, workers from Bellingham's Sail Electric spent several days installing the lights. A spokesperson for the company said Friday that this is the company's first visit to the site since its workers installed the underground conduits and wiring for the lights last summer. The company had hoped to energize the lights within two weeks.The intersection project includes far more than just lights. Last spring and summer, construction workers added turn lanes to the intersection, rolled out new asphalt and poured concrete pedestrian crossing areas. Cornish said the lights will be activated the moment work is finished at the intersection. "

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