Wal-Mart traffic light blinking

— The traffic light at West Sixth Avenue and Victory Way, better known as the Wal-Mart entrance, started blinking this week.

Craig residents can expect the light to start full operations - that is, go, yield and stop - in the next few days or early next week, said Walt Vanatta, Craig Chief of Police and traffic engineer.

It is expected that contractors building the Wal-Mart will hand the building over to store management in the next few weeks, Vanatta said. Management will start stocking the store with shelving and other interior fixtures soon after that happens, which is why the light is going into operation so early before the store opens.

"There will be quite a bit of employee and truck traffic then," Vanatta said.

Local government and the Colorado Department of Transportation deemed a traffic light necessary because of the increasing amount of vehicles on Highway 40.

"Our goal with this is to not have the same problem we have in front of Kmart," Vanatta said.

The area along Highway 40 between Kmart and Centennial Mall has historically been one of the worst spots in town for traffic collisions, he said.

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