Lane Ranger: Readers have issues with traffic signals


Published: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 10:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 10:18 p.m.

Several people have written in the past month or so with questions about traffic signals. Here are a few that have been backlogged.

Teresa Rajaee questioned why southbound traffic on County Road 241 cannot be given a green arrow to turn east onto 39th Avenue.

“If the westbound traffic off of 39th Ave. has an arrow to turn left onto CR 241, there is no reason to have traffic that is trying to turn right off of CR 241 onto 39th Ave stop,” Rajaee wrote in an email. “Sometimes, I feel I can’t stop or the car behind me will rear end me.”

While the intersection is in the county, the signal is under the city of Gainesville’s jurisdiction. City traffic engineer Matt Weisman said the city will study the feasibility of adding the northbound right-turn overlap signal and present its findings to the county. If approved by the county, the city will install the new signal.

Meanwhile, Evan Weber wrote with questions about lights on Northwest Eighth Avenue.

Weber said that even if no one is trying to exit 10th Street, the light regularly turns red. Weber also noted the light at 18th Terrace turns red for Eighth Avenue when no vehicles are approaching.

Weisman said the street is heavily used by bicyclists and has a video detection camera to better detect northbound bicyclists. Tree shadows cause the detection camera to misfire. When Eighth Avenue is resurfaced, a special bike loop can be added to replace this camera.

At 10th Avenue, Weisman said, the in-street detection loops are in disrepair. New loops will be installed with the roadwork and the intersection will be fully actuated again.

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