The Reynoldsburg Board of Education gave the go-ahead to advertise for bids to install a new traffic signal on Waggoner Road at the entrance to the campuses of Waggoner Road junior high and middle schools.

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education gave the go-ahead to advertise for bids to install a new traffic signal on Waggoner Road at the entrance to the campuses of Waggoner Road junior high and middle schools.

Business manager Ron Strussion said during the board's July 21 meeting that the estimated cost to install a traffic signal at the site is $106,000. The money will come out of the district's permanent improvement fund.

Strussion said after the lowest bidder is chosen, construction could possibly begin by the start of this school year and be finished by the end of the first semester.

He said a traffic signal at the schools' entrance has been long awaited, but one has not been installed because when the two schools were opened in 2004 and 2005, traffic surveys still needed to be conducted.

"We had to hire traffic engineers to go in and do the survey work and justify why that needed a traffic signal," Strussion said. "What they found then is the traffic in and out does warrant a signal there."

Strussion said once the signal is installed, it will only be in operation during the morning and afternoons when the schools open and close.

During non-school hours, a tripping device will be in place so vehicles leaving the school grounds can trigger the light to operate normally.

In other business, the board also approved contracts for the development and construction of the new high school and new elementary school to be built on Summit Road.

The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, which were George J. Igel & Co. Inc. for $3,483,000 and to Middleton Geothermal Services, LLC, for $1,642,467.

"We had the bid opening last week and those bids came in at $1,643,000 under estimate, just under 25 percent better of what we anticipated," Strussion said.

"It's just a sign of what the bidding climate is like out there right now," he said.

A groundbreaking date for the construction of the two new schools is expected to be announced by early August.