The Watchdog needs his morning coffee as much as the next mammal and doesn’t like to wait for it. So he can identify with Krys Reese of Independence, who travels Northwest Blue Parkway in Lee’s Summit before work and stops for coffee along the way.
A few months ago, she noticed that around 6 a.m., the traffic signals between Northwest Ward and Chipman roads were cycling completely, despite light traffic at that early hour. She said it could take at least five minutes to travel that stretch of Blue Parkway even when her vehicle was virtually alone on the road.
Reese wondered why the city couldn’t adjust the signals and reduce delays.
A storm damaged the traffic light system in the area, said Michael Park, the city’s traffic engineer. Lightning might have been the culprit.
The city has been tracking down the damage and replacing equipment when necessary, a sometimes lengthy process.
Just before Thanksgiving, the city fixed similar problems on Chipman, between Pryor and Ward roads. And Park expects to have the problem corrected on Blue Parkway within the next few weeks.
As a stopgap, the city reduced the wait time to two minutes or less at each offending signal, he said. Once the system is corrected, the signals will again be synchronized, with time intervals based on traffic flow.
The Dog will bare his teeth at any obstacle to his morning coffee. He takes it black.
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