GARDINER — Change is coming to the intersection where Church Street becomes Maine Avenue at Water Street in downtown Gardiner.

Starting Tuesday, the traffic signals there will be out of operation and the intersection will be a four-way stop.

Gardiner City Manager Scott Morelli said the Maine Department of Transportation has determined the intersection doesn’t have enough traffic to merit the traffic signals. On a trial basis, the lights are being covered up. In their absence, stop signs are being installed and the crosswalks have been freshly painted.

“We can get them back if we want,” Morelli said, but having stop signs would represent a modest savings from not having to operate the lights.

Feedback on the change is being sought via a form that will be available on the city website,, for residents to fill out.

“Even if you want the change, it won’t be until 2019, with the Bridge Street (construction) project,” he said.

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