Too much stop and not enough go.
That’s what bothers Overland Park resident Bob Blaney as he drives on Metcalf Avenue between 127th and 132nd Street.
When he’s southbound about 6:15 a.m. and reaches 127th Street, he’ll see the light run its full cycle, even showing the turn arrow when no one is turning onto 127th Street. The light used to change quickly, he says, but for several months now, the waits have been a minute or more.
And at 129th and 132nd streets, the light will turn red even when there isn’t a soul driving east or west. Same problem when he’s northbound on the way home.The answer
After the Watchdog yipped, Overland Park adjusted the 127th Street signal within a day. Staffers are monitoring the intersection this week to make sure it’s functioning correctly.
The city can’t react so quickly at 129th and 132nd, though.
“We have bad video detection cameras at both of those locations,” said city traffic engineer Brian Shields. “It will be a while before we have more cameras in stock and can make repairs.”
Rather than waiting for months, Shields advises the Handsome Hound’s adoring public to report signal-timing issues to the city. The contact is Shawn Gotfredson at 913-895-6183.
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