Are the lights working right?

Liz of Grand Haven asked, "Is it just me or have the traffic lights in Grand Haven not changed along with the time change? I'm sure money is put into traffic studies to improve traffic flow with the timing of traffic lights. What good is it if it's no longer helping us get places faster, especially during rush hours? Or maybe it is, and all fall and winter we were on the incorrect light timing?"
Mark Brooky
Mar 18, 2013

 

ANSWER:

The traffic flow along U.S. 31 in Grand Haven is timed so that a vehicle will not have to stop if they travel the posted speed limit, explained John Richard, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation's Grand Region.

"Now, with that said, there are a few exceptions," he said. "During rush hours, traffic becomes congested (over capacity) and traffic speeds are reduced, causing backups and the progression along U.S. 31 cannot be maintained."

Richard said the clocks for the traffic signals are set to change with the hour change from standard time to Daylight Saving Time, and back again in the fall. 

"We will check the clocks to make sure they all are properly timed," he promised.

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