The Eureka City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday the construction bid for the traffic signal at the corner of Broadway and Vigo streets. The signal would mitigate the increased traffic generated by the In-N-Out being built there. (Associated Press file)
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The city is moving forward with installing a traffic signal at the corner of Broadway and Vigo Street in Eureka in preparation for the coming In-N-Out.

The Eureka City Council voted unanimously 3-0 on Tuesday to approve a $385,000 construction contract for the signal to GR Sundberg, which made the lowest bid in the amount of $349,854. Councilmembers Austin Allison and Heidi Messner were absent.

“The Broadway and Vigo Signalization Project will signalize the intersection of Broadway and Vigo Streets in the City of Eureka and provide improved access to future developments on Vigo Street,” the staff report on the topic states. “Improvements in addition to the traffic signal include installing new pavement markings, new street lighting along with new curb ramps.”

Caltrans will take ownership of the signal once its complete, which is expected to be in winter of this year, according to the staff report.

The City Council decided to foot the bill, which was expected at that time to be $450,000, last year after the developer of the site, Carrington Company, said it wouldn’t cover the cost of the traffic signal. Caltrans staff determined traffic at the site would be significant enough to require a traffic signal at that intersection.

Because the site of the In-N-Out would also include four other businesses — including a Chipotle and a Mod Pizza as well as two retail spots — city staff told the council the investment would be paid back in less than eight years.

City Councilmember Austin Allison told the Times-Standard last year, “It does appear that although there is a steep upfront cost that the cost would pay itself back and then some within 10 years from new jobs and sales tax.”

Carrington Company project managers told the Times-Standard in May that they’re working to have the In-N-Out completed before the end of the year.

Sonia Waraich can be reached at 707-441-0506.

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