Christopher continued: "There is no possible way for there to be intersecting traffic because both east- and westbound Washington is closed at southbound U.S. 31. I have been stopped there several times waiting for no traffic to cross. Is it all about pedestrian traffic?"
Because there is still traffic on Washington Avenue coming from the east side (westbound) that need to access northbound Beacon Boulevard (U.S. 31), the traffic signal must remain status quo, traffic officials say.
“The controller operates both northbound and southbound, so we cannot just cover the signal or switch southbound to flash mode,” explained John Richard, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Grand Region. “In addition, the progression would be affected with backups at other signals to the south of Washington.”
The good news is that the Centertown project is scheduled to be completed by this coming weekend. If all goes well, we’ll be using Washington to cross Beacon again to get from the east side to downtown, and vice versa, by this time next week.
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