JOLIET – The traffic signals at Larkin and Glenwood avenues were back in service Tuesday after being out for more than a week.
A vehicle accident at the intersection Dec. 18 destroyed the traffic control box and did other damage, turning the highly traveled intersection into a four-way stop until early Tuesday afternoon.
The city had to order new parts and equipment after the accident.
"The traffic control cabinet was totally wiped out," said Joliet Public Works Director James Trizna.
Trizna said repairs were slowed immediately after the accident because the extreme cold weather at the time made it difficult to do cable work without causing more damage. The traffic control cabinet was installed Friday, but a manufacturer's representative was not available until Tuesday to make the adjustments to make the controls operable, Trizna said.
A streetlight also was knocked down and a monument sign for a medical office was damaged in the accident.
Larkin Avenue, also Route 7 at that point, is one of the city's most traveled streets, and Glenwood Avenue is a major thoroughfare, so the loss of the traffic signals led to major back-ups in the first days after the accident. Lines shortened, however, as motorists began to take other routes.