west-front-maple-lightWorkers getting ready to install a light stanchion at Maple Avenue and West Front Street earlier this week.

The long-awaited reconfiguration of traffic lights at two problematic intersections in Red Bank won’t be finished next week as planned.

The completion of work near the north end of Maple Avenue will be delayed by several weeks, borough police Capt. Darren McConnell, tells redbankgreen, citing a state Department of Transportation engineer as the source of the information.

McConnell, who heads the police department’s traffic safety unit, says he was told earlier this week that the job would be completed within the next month.

“It looks like they’re a few weeks behind schedule,” he says.

Police are hoping that the work doesn’t run over into the start of the school year, when students from Red Bank Catholic and other schools add to the traffic burdens on Maple Avenue.

The $1.54 million job to install a traffic light at the intersection of Maple Avenue/Route 35 North at Water and White Streets began, after several delays, in May, and was most recently expected to be completed by July 29.