The traffic lights in St. John's are up and running again, after nearly 100 intersections were knocked out in the weekend's wind storm, although some intersections still need some fine-tuning.
Coun. Danny Breen says some intersections are missing their full complement of traffic lights, but at least the basic work was done as of Thursday morning.
"We wanted to get the intersections operational first, starting with the highest priority ones, and now we've started the process of replacing the lights further," said Breen.
Breen said there's still no timeframe for when all the lights will be back to full operation, but the order has gone in for replacement lights.
No timeline yet
Cost estimates are around $150,000, not counting additional costs for personnel overtime and for shipping the new lights from outside the province.
Breen said he has been pleasantly surprised that there — so far — have been no collisions due to traffic light issues. He added he's pleased the work got done so quickly.
"Surprisingly to me, certainly when this happened we started off on Monday morning with 95 intersections basically operating as four-way stops, I was very concerned," he said.
"According to the reports from the [Royal Newfoundland Constabulary], there's been no serious incidents. People have handled it very well and they've been patient as we work through this."