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Sound Off: Traffic light timing

When driving north on Kentucky, the light at 14th Street has recently begun to turn red for no reason as you approach the intersection. There are no cars traveling east or west on 14th at the time. Why, then, does the light change?

There have not been any recent changes to the timing of this signal. It has been operating “fixed-time,” where each approach gets a green light at a predetermined time even if there are no vehicles or pedestrians waiting, similar to the downtown signals, for more than 10 years.


buffalo63 5 years, 2 months ago

I can confirm that as I drive that way at least once a day!

hipper_than_hip 5 years, 2 months ago

What's unsaid is that the decision to put the lights on a timer was a political decision rather than an engineering decision.

Members of the City Commission plus the City Manager declared that students were having trouble crossing Kentucky and Tennessee during peak traffic times so they instructed Traffic Engineering to put the lights on a timer.

Mike Ford 5 years, 2 months ago

please fix the lights on Iowa at Crown VW and the Holiday Inn. They stay red for crossing traffic forever without warrant.

average 5 years, 2 months ago

Nod to that one. You can see all the way to the Wakarusa going downhill, and you're a quarter-mile from the next possible turn. The only reason I can see against it is concern for firehouse traffic, and a moderately smart controller could be programmed to clear the intersection for that.

hipper_than_hip 5 years, 2 months ago

David Woosley is the guy at the CIty to contact with traffic light issues:">p> 785-832-3034

gsxr600 5 years, 2 months ago

If you got a constant 14-15mph down downtown Mass, you'll hit every green light. Just saying...

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