WINSLOW — The Maine Department of Transportation intends to update traffic lights at five major intersections in town.

The Department will hold a public hearing on the evening of Sept. 3 to gather community input about the plans. Construction likely won’t start until fall of nextyear.

The updates will be installed at the intersections of Augusta Road and Carter Memorial Drive, China Road and Carter Memorial Drive, Carter Memorial Drive and Cushman Road, China and Cushman roads and Bay and Halifax streets.

Aurel Gomeau II, the project manager for the light replacement, said the intention is to sync the lights at the intersections so they function as a unit. The new system will be interconnected so if one light turns, the others turn in sync. That will help traffic flow better, Gomeau said.

The signal equipment is old and needs to be replaced, but there are no plans to change the current traffic pattern, Gomeau said. The plan was brought forward by the department’s planning office and was not the result of complaints, he said. Part of the project is to install fiber optic cable to connect to Waterville’s traffic light network, so the systems in both communities flow better, Gomeau added.

The public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the town office will include a presentation from the transportation department and design firm.

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