Happy New Year, everybody! Let’s start 2019 off right, by trying to answer a question from a reader:
“One of the green lights was out at the junction of 95 at the Sandbar. Since it was repaired, the default green light has been changed to the traffic that crosses the highway on to the river road! Am I the only one noticing this?”
– What About Lallygagging Lights
Thanks for the question, WALL. The timing of traffic signals is something people get very used to when they go through the same ones multiple times a day. This is one that I myself am very used to, and I too noticed this timing change a few weeks ago.
(For those who aren’t familiar with her description, WALL’s question is about the set of traffic lights a few miles north of Parker, AZ at the intersection of State Route 95 and Business 95 / Riverside Drive. If you’re going north out of the town of Parker, a left turn at this signal will take you along the Colorado River.)
Normally, the lights at this intersection will stay green for 55 miles per hour highway traffic, unless there are vehicles wanting to cross the highway between Riverside Drive and Beacon Road opposite. This means that, if all the roads were completely empty for an hour, the lights would stay green to keep traffic flowing on Highway 95 by default, without changing.
But WALL appears to be right! The lights now default to RED on the highway, and GREEN crossing it. This is very odd behavior, to say the least, so I asked the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) about it.
After multiple emails back and forth, ADOT sent someone to check the signal, and they say it seems fine to them:
“Our crews have checked the traffic signals at that intersection and reported that everything is working properly. If that does not seem to be the case, please don’t hesitate to contact me again and I will ask for a second check. Thanks.” – Tom Herrmann, Public Information Officer, ADOT
Rather than ask for a second check by ADOT, I thought I’d put it out to you, Parker Live readers. Is WALL right, as I suspect? Is the default signal now stopping highway traffic, unless some vehicles come along to trigger a green? If so, and if ADOT doesn’t see a problem, do you think this is a problem?
I must confess, on several occasions recently, while coming toward this intersection from the river side, I’ve kind of appreciated the friendly green. But if you’re coming from further upriver or from Lake Havasu City on the highway, it’s gotta be annoying. Right?
Let us know what you think.