maple-lightsInstallation work is done. Just waiting for the cable guy, er, the utility company. (Click to enlarge)

What’s with the new traffic lights that are supposed to smooth the flow of traffic past the Red Bank bottleneck of Maple Avenue/Route 35, Water, White and West Front Streets?

State Department of Transportation contractors appear to have cleared out after the installation of new traffic signals. But the black plastic covering remains on the lights.

DOT spokesman Tim Greeley tells redbankgreen, via email:

The new traffic signals are installed and the DOT work is essentially complete. The final step in this process is an electrical connection to the West Front Street signal controller. We are currently working with the electrical utility contractor to have this connection made as soon as possible.