The city of Ashland plans to spend approximately $1 million in city and federal money to fix a dangerous intersection this summer — a move that will pave the way for a controversial project to reduce car lanes on North Main Street as it comes into town.

The city of Ashland plans to spend approximately $1 million in city and federal money to fix a dangerous intersection this summer — a move that will pave the way for a controversial project to reduce car lanes on North Main Street as it comes into town.

The Ashland City Council approved a $599,345 contract this week with Pilot Rock Excavation for construction work where Hersey Street and Wimer Street join North Main Street.

The two side streets, which are on opposite sides of North Main Street, do not line up with each other, increasing the risk of collisions.

About $400,000 could be spent for engineering, consulting, electrical costs and right-of-way acquisition for the intersection project, city officials estimated.

Negotiations are ongoing for the city to acquire private property for the project, city officials said this week.

Federal funding will cover $682,696 of the approximately $1 million project. The city will delay repaving Taylor Street and Wightman Street for up to five years in order to have money for its share of the intersection realignment project.

— Vickie Aldous