City tweaking misfiring traffic light


Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 5:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 5:42 p.m.

Another reader seems to have found a misfiring traffic light.

“I do some volunteer work that takes me through the intersection of NE 8th Ave. and Waldo Road a couple of times a month, usually 7:45 a.m.,” wrote Ken Duffield in an email. “Traveling east on NE 8th Ave., when the light changes, there is a green light of about 8 to 10 seconds only, hardly enough for eastbound vehicles to cross Waldo Road.”

Matthew Weisman, a traffic manager for the city of Gainesville, said the city had gotten another complaint about the situation, and that steps are being taken to adjust the timing of the light.

“It is an in-asphalt inductance loop detector issue. We made adjustments … to the detector and we are currently monitoring the intersection to confirm the issue is resolved,” Weisman said. “Sometimes it takes several days to get the settings tweaked perfectly. The problem is not that the allocated green time was insufficient, but rather the intersection controller did not think more vehicles were present, and therefore was not extending the green time.”

Meanwhile, a reader wanted an update on the saga of the dead live oaks along Williston Road. The trees were planted several years ago and quickly died because the company with whom the Florida Department of Transportation contracted did not maintain them and then went bankrupt.

It turns out that the state is in the process of replacing the dead trees. DOT is planting 83 live oaks along with a crepe myrtle, said district spokeswoman Gina Busscher.

“The work includes mulching all of the trees, watering them, fertilizer and a one-year warranty,” Busscher said.

Busscher said DOT was not successful at recovering costs from the previous contractor. The contract with the new company is for $65,000 for the trees and maintenance.

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