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Influx of traffic signals is by the book, with safety in mind

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 14, 2014

~~<p><strong>QUESTION</strong>: Along Beretania (and other streets) we see a growing number of traffic signals at a single intersection. At Beretania and Victoria (a relatively low-traffic intersection), there are six traffic lights facing Beretania traffic, four of them on an ugly arm that extends over the whole street. This is not only ugly but seems an extreme waste. A block later, at Ward Avenue, there are only the traditional two traffic lights facing Beretania traffic on each street corner. This seems more than satisfactory. Why must we see so much more traffic infrastructure, including on streets where there is usually so many vehicles that traffic rarely moves quickly, if at all.</p>
<p><strong>ANSWER</strong>: It's because of new federal traffic standards, according to the city Department of Transportation Services.</p>
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QUESTION: Along Beretania (and other streets) we see a growing number of traffic signals at a single intersection. At Beretania and Victoria (a relatively low-traffic intersection), there are six traffic lights facing Beretania traffic, four of them on an ugly arm that extends over the whole street. This is not only ugly but seems an extreme waste. A block later, at Ward Avenue, there are only the traditional two traffic lights facing Beretania traffic on each street corner. This seems more than satisfactory. Why must we see so much more traffic infrastructure, including on streets where there is usually so many vehicles that traffic rarely moves quickly, if at all.

ANSWER: It's because of new federal traffic standards, according to the city Department of Transportation Services. Login for more...



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