Gloria Sigler of Kansas City has been having issues at the intersection of Northwest Prairie View Road and Northwest 72nd Street, near an entry ramp to Interstate 29.
For cars traveling north to south, after each red-light turn, the traffic light at 72nd Street turns green with a left-turn signal. But things aren’t running quite as smoothly on the opposite side of the street. For cars headed the other direction, the light stays red through several cycles before a green appears.
This is frustrating to drivers who are waiting to turn east onto the interstate, Sigler said. She’s noticed this problem especially from 8:30 to 9 a.m.
So what’s the deal here? Is this a problem just in the mornings?
The Watchdog can’t be everywhere, as much as he’d like to, so it’s a good thing that people like Gloria notice difficulties like this and say something. Kerri Lewis at the Missouri Department of Transportation agrees and says thanks for bringing this problem to the department’s attention.
When MoDOT staffers took a look, they found a malfunctioning electromagnetic loop detector in the pavement. The device senses that a car is there and tells the signal to change.
Lewis said MoDOT is working to fix the problem, but meanwhile, a camera is being installed temporarily to alert the signal to the presence of vehicles.
The Watchdog says professionals have been telling him for years that he needs to change, but it’s so much easier for a traffic signal.
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