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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