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Traffic Talk: Be observant, and report traffic issues

Don Gammill: Notice when a traffic light isn't working or something needs adjustment, and be sure to report it because it will get fixed.
By DON GAMMILL Published: September 9, 2013

You never know when your observation just might make a significant difference.

I enjoy your column very much and thought you would be able to tell me who to contact about traffic lights. The timing on the traffic lights at the intersection of NW 50 and Meridian is way off in both directions but especially ... east-west ... In our hurry-up world, it is probably only a matter of a few minutes, but it is irritating to be westbound at a red light after the eastbound traffic has passed and ... watching oncoming cars two blocks away eventually come through the intersection on not only their obvious green light but cars making left turns on the arrow as well ... (Mean) while westbound traffic is still stopped after the second wave has passed. I hope this doesn't sound too confusing, but I

would really appreciate any help or information. Thank you, Mary

Thank YOU, Mary, for your comment and for your question. Both are much appreciated, not only by me. Read on.

When I passed along your note to city officials, they got right to it. Here's what came back.

“Don — I had this checked out,” wrote traffic engineer Stuart Chai. “As luck would have it, there was a detection issue found.

“The detector loop for the eastbound left turn is broken and needs to be replaced. A couple minor adjustments to the controller were made to help keep things moving better until a new loop can be installed.

“Pass along our thanks to your reader for sharing her observation.”

You definitely deserve a “You Done Good” award, Mary. Your note helped alert those who maintain these areas to make necessary repairs.

By the way ...

If, like Mary, you observe something along a route that seems to be in need of repair, don't be afraid to speak up.

As we've discussed many times, with thousands of miles of streets and highways to oversee, crews sometimes don't know about problems immediately.

You can help by making the situation known.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.


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