A fully functioning traffic signal was turned on today on Key Peninsula Highway in the Key Center area, replacing a flashing yellow beacon.
A half-hour ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the parking lot of O’Callahan’s Pub and Grill, next to the intersection.
Besides the new traffic signal, the improvements include lights at all corners of the intersection, left turn lanes along Key Peninsula Highway, sidewalks, guardrails, and pedestrian crossings.
The roadway surrounding the intersection was widened from 24 to 44 feet to include paved shoulders.
Construction started in June. But the project’s concept dates back to 2004.
About 8,000 vehicles pass through the intersection on Key Peninsula Highway each day.