PERU — A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 to discuss the installation of a conflict warning system at the intersection of Route 108 and Main Street at the Peru Town Office.

Project Manager Aurele Gourneau said Friday afternoon that the conflict warning system was a “spot safety improvement project.”

“We looked at some data and realized there were a lot of accidents at that intersection over the last few years,” Gourneau said. “Route 108 crosses Main Street, and on either side of Main Street, traffic has to come to a stop. The cars waiting at the Main Street stop signs can’t see oncoming traffic coming in from Rumford.”

Gourneau said that the conflict warning system would consist of sign posts near the stop signs for traffic waiting to drive across Route 108.

“Each sign would have two LED lights, and there would be loop sensors in the roadway on Route 108 that would trigger the lights to flash when traffic from Rumford is driving towards the intersection,” Gourneau said. “This way, people will know if it’s safe to pull into the intersection or not.”

The system is fairly new, Gourneau said, and has been successful in a few communities, including Bangor.

“We’re looking at having this built sometime this summer,” Gourneau said. “It would be in either July or August. It only requires a few days of work, a week at most.”

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