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Anyone driving on Washington Avenue has noticed the lack of traffic signals at the intersection with Ohio Street, and drivers are encouraged to avoid the area if possible.

Jonathan Worden, traffic technician with the City of Racine, said the control cabinet for the lights was totaled in an accident Dec. 13, and getting a new cabinet is taking some time.

“The accident annihilated the power source, which controls the traffic signals,” he said. “I know it’s frustrating and can be dangerous. We would ask drivers to avoid using the intersection for now.”

We Energies has completed its work – including replacing the ruined pole – and the rest is up the city and other utilities that might have infrastructure there, spokesperson Brian McNulty said in voicemail message.

A new cabinet was ordered immediately and will hopefully be installed by Christmas, Worden added.

“We know this is an inconvenience, and we’re sorry for that. We are working as fast as possible,” he said.

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