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Traffic light at busy North Van intersection goes dark for days

The lights at Lonsdale and 15th stopped working on Sunday, with a full fix scheduled for Thursday, according to the city
The delay was due to the complexity of the repair as well as the location, city staff said. | Getty Images

UPDATE: Dec. 29, 4 p.m.

In a statement, the City of North Vancouver said the repairs would be further delayed until Friday morning.

"Repairs have proven to be a bit more tricky than anticipated, and while originally scheduled to be fixed [Thursday], the repair unfortunately has been rescheduled to tomorrow morning (Friday Dec. 30)," reads the statement.

City staff said the generator would keep the red lights flashing in the meantime.

ORIGINAL: Dec. 28, 3:30 p.m.

North Vancouver drivers in the Central Lonsdale area are searching for answers about why a traffic light at a major intersection has been down for several days.

Alison Watt, who lives nearby, said traffic lights at the “very busy” 15th Street and Lonsdale Avenue crossing stopped working on Christmas Day and were out through Tuesday, Dec. 27.

But on Wednesday, the city’s engineering department was told by the contractor responsible for the repairs that a full fix is scheduled for Thursday, said City of North Vancouver spokesperson Rebecca Vaughn.

In the meantime, a generator is in place to provide temporary power until the repair is finished, she said, adding that a civic crew will be required to excavate the affected conduit area.

When asked why the repair has taken so long, Vaughn said “the delay was due to a combination of the complexity of repair required, the location and timing.”

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