Marc said further: "I've never seen a private business with traffic sensors before. If these are taxpayer funded, then I'm paying for the convenience of a diner which exacerbates the already dismal traffic situation in town. Many times I've seen all of the southbound traffic on 31 come to a halt for a single McDonald's customer to leave the lot. What gives?"
There are no sensors, sometimes called "loops," for that traffic signal.
Now, why the traffic signal is on southbound Beacon Boulevard at the McDonald’s driveway is because it also serves as a crossover for the highway at the Robbins Road intersection, explained Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman John Richard.
"The southbound signal at McDonald’s allows a break in traffic not only for the McDonald’s traffic, but also for the northbound U.S. 31 traffic turning at the crossover to head south," Richard said. "If the signal was placed at the crossover, McDonald’s traffic would have trouble accessing U.S. 31. By placing the signal at McDonald’s, we were able to create better access for U.S. 31 traffic and McDonald’s traffic."
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