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FARMINGTON — San Juan County is urging drivers to pay attention to a stoplight installed at the intersection of County Road 350, County Road 3720 and County Road 3100.

This traffic signal is at the top of Crouch Mesa. It is replacing one that currently flashes yellow lights for north and south traffic and red lights for east and west traffic.

The new stoplight will replace the flashing signal on Jan. 13, according to San Juan County spokesman Devin Neeley.

San Juan County is warning drivers that running the red light could result in citations, and failure to obey traffic control devices carries an $82 penalty in addition to court fees.

The county installed the new traffic signal after a study showed the volume of traffic traveling through that intersection every day merited a stoplight rather than just a flashing signal, according to a press release. These standards are outlined in the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

According to the press release, County Road 350 is one of the most heavily-traveled roads that the county maintains. The Farmington Metropolitan Planning Organization estimates an average of 6,300 vehicles traveled on the road each day in 2018.

The new traffic light cost about $100,000 to install.

More information is available by calling San Juan County Public Works at 505-334-4520.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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