Mark Puhak thinks he’s being stopped unnecessarily at the entrance to Johnson County Community College when he approaches College Boulevard from the south on Quivira Road.
The light turns red even with no oncoming traffic and no one leaving the college to turn north onto Quivira, the Overland Park resident says, and that wastes gas.
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When Overland Park city traffic engineer Brian Shields investigated, the vehicle detection equipment was working properly. He offered to check for an intermittent problem if given more specific information on when the delays occur.
“It should stay green north-south unless we have traffic coming from the school or someone has pressed the pedestrian button to cross the street east-west,” he said.
Speaking of wasting gas, the Watchdog pleads guilty. He’s idling all the time.
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