Local drivers point out traffic signal issues


Published: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 6:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 6:26 p.m.

The column this week is about traffic signal issues around town.

Cindy Jackson wrote recently that the traffic light at the intersection of Newberry Road and 43rd Street periodically doesn’t work.

“What is going on with this light?” she said in an email. “Also, other than today there was a ‘police technician’ car there with a uniformed officer just standing on the corner of this dangerous intersection ‘watching.’ They were not directing traffic but I guess they were handy in case an accident happened. If you are headed south on 43rd Street and turning east, there is not a very long visible sight line to the west and all you can do is go to the median, then on across and hope for the best.”

Matthew Weisman, traffic operations manager for the city, said the signal at that intersection has had problems but should be working now.

“Yes, after we had repeated issues at that intersection going into fault, meaning a mechanical problem, we exchanged out all of the equipment at that intersection and it has been working fine since,” he said in an email.

Mary Branagan wrote about the signal at Northwest 25th Place and 43rd Street.

“Why on the weekends, especially early Sunday morning (7 to 7:30 a.m.), are the traffic lights at these two streets causing traffic to stop on 43rd Street, when there is no traffic at either of these intersections? People are usually on their way to church or work at that time and very little traffic,” she asked.

Weisman said the detector at the intersection has been broken for a few months.

“We recently did a large order for a replacement detection system that will fix the intersection,” he said. “We have modified the Sunday plan so the detection issue will have less of a burden on 43rd Street on Sunday mornings.”

Stephen Scheel said in an email that the timing at Northwest 39th Avenue and 143rd Street has been off.

Weisman said the city will examine the signal.

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