I want to find out where that guy who times the traffic lights lives. The computer revolution has made the timing a lot more scientific, but I’m not sure anyone is taking winter into account.
I’ll give you an example. When I leave for work, my first stop is at Washington Street and Pole Line Road (Route 93). The latter is a main road from California, through Las Vegas, and points to our north. You can watch the big rigs and RVs drive past sometimes by the hundreds an hour. I can attest the volume is still heavy at 2:45 a.m.
The longest light of my drive to work is at the same intersection. When I finally get a green signal, I get scant seconds to pass through and usually see the light starting to change back to red as I accelerate. Now throw in some icy pavement and an inch of snow. You can barely get into the middle of the intersection before an 18-wheeler gets the signal to go.
I’m told the city doesn’t time the intersection. The fellow who programmed the light doesn’t drive in the area. He’s looking at a computer printout and making a call.
I’m not alone in my complaint. Several law enforcement officers live in my part of town. Several have told me they share my frustration.
By the way, I usually catch the lights green the rest of Washington Street as far as Addison Avenue. The method I gather used by the city is this:
If twenty cars are approaching the light from Washington Street and one car from a cross street, 20 must stop and the one gets the green.
We call that efficiency.
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