A contract with Carrier & Gable Inc. for the purchase of $480,000 worth of traffic signals has been approved by the Ann Arbor city council. Action came at the council’s Aug. 7, 2014 meeting.
The list of signals covered in the contract includes:
- Varsity and Ellsworth pedestrian signal upgrade ($25,000)
- King George and Eisenhower pedestrian signal upgrades ($35,000)
- Maintenance operations, including wear-out and accident damage, and support of other city projects ($300,000)
- Addition of flashing yellow arrows for left turn movement at the following locations ($55,000): Fuller & Glenn; Barton & Plymouth; Plymouth & Broadway; Eisenhower & Stone School; Cedar Bend & Fuller; Fuller & Glazier Way; Fuller & Fuller Ct.; Fuller & Huron High
- Division and Catherine ($65,000)
The council approved the contract with Carrier & Gable as a sole-source contract, because they are the only area distributor in Michigan and Indiana for the Eagle Signal Company. All of the city’s signalized intersections use equipment manufactured by Eagle. According to the staff memo accompanying the resolution, the advantages of sole-source supply for these materials include: reduced inventory requirements, as well as the need to train technicians in the repair of only one type of product.
This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron.