The replacement of three traffic signals at some of Montrose's busiest intersections will slow traffic during installation. They will also improve traffic flow when work is completed.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is replacing existing masts, poles, heads and detection systems at locations along Highway 50 and Highway 550 (North Townsend Avenue) through Montrose.

The intersections affected are Highway 50 at LaSalle Road, Highway 550 at 7th Street and Highway 550 at 12 Street.

According to CDOT, there will be lane closures during the work, but they're not expecting any total road closures. Still, with this being one of, if not the most heavily, traveled roads in Montrose, drivers should look for alternate routes or expect a slow drive.

CDOT reports the work needs to be done to bring the signals at the intersections up to code and extend the life of the traffic lights. The detection system will be improved by replacing the camera system with a vehicle sensing loop in the road.

The most significant change will be at the LaSalle Road intersection where the current wire span cables will be replaced by steel poles. The project is expected to be completed sometime in August.