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Riverside upgrades traffic lights in downtown

August 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Making a left turn in downtown Riverside is about to get much easier. According to The Press-Enterprise, the city plans to replace 17 traffic lights at a dozen intersections by the end of the year.Public Works officials say the $1 million project got under way last week and should take about seven weeks to finish.

Officials are also installing backup power supplies, pedestrian buttons to alert when someone needs to cross and so-called "countdown signs" that tell walkers how much time they have left to cross the street.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.