Meridian public works director, Monty Jackson, said the control devices that operate the traffic lights downtown have become obsolete and are no longer manufactured. He said obtaining parts for repairs is difficult.
Jackson said the state pays 100 percent for the new control devices. Related work on the sidewalk is an 80-20 match.
"These new controllers will allow us to upgrade and increase the capacity of those signals," Jackson said. "So at such time that 2-way traffic is moving downtown again, then these controllers will be able to handle additional movements."
Jackson says the city also has grant money available from the state on a 20 percent match to make improvements to bridges. Which bridges will get the work will be announced in the future. The city has until December 2011 to get the projects underway.