Post Number: 1
|Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 03:42 pm: |
Recently, as I have started to drive back to the school where I teach, I have noticed the lane-changes on Independence at Main as they begin road work on the other lanes(YAY!) The problem is that they have taken away the turn-lanes but kept the light-timing the same. This means that all cars(including those who are turning) have to share the same few lanes and the light turns red too quickly. On several occasions this week I have had to sit through THREE green lights before crossing Main Street.
I was wondering how long this lane configuration was to be this way. If it is going to be a while, can somebody re-time the lights to allow more cars to cross and prevent back-ups? If all else fails, I can find an alterate route to work. I just figured it was worth checking into. Thanks!
Joel Fitts, Senior Traffic Engineer
Post Number: 10
|Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 11:43 pm: |
The traffic signal timing at the intersection of Independence and Main did in fact change. It had to change because north and southbound left-turn lanes could not be provided when traffic was switched to the east half of Independence in order to reconstruct the west half.
North and southound traffic used to run at the same time. However, with left-turn lanes not possible in the temporary configuration of the intersection, the timing had to be changed to a sequence that serves northbound traffic only, followed by southbound traffic only. Without this sequence, a single left-turning vehicle could stop and hold all southbound traffic behind it while it waited to turn left and then no southbound traffic would get to go.
Although this temporary signal timing sequence ensures that each direction gets to go, it is less efficient and so all four directions at the intersection are getting less green time than they normally would. Unfortunately, this is a temporary growing pain we must go through in order to widen Independence while still maintaining traffic on the road.
The signal timing will be restored to its normal operation once the other half of the intersection opens. The contractor planned to have the intersection completed before the start of school, but unfortunately a week of rain has put them behind schedule. It is anticipated that the intersection will be restored to normal operations in a week or so (weather permitting). In the mean time, you might consider using Coit Road as an alternative to reach Main Street. If you are traveling north on Independence, you can use the newly opened segment of Rolater Road to reach Coit Road.
Senior Traffic Engineer
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 05:17 pm: |
Thanks for your speedy response! I am thrilled to hear that they are planning to open up that intersection soon. I was expecting that it would be a while and that is why I was concerned about the light. Until I see that it is completed, I will just take an alternate route. Again, I appreciate you taking time to respond.