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Why did they change the traffic light at Market Street and Gingerwood to make it so difficult to turn on to South College?

Shelby Sebens
StarNews

The reader continues: “The green turn arrow only lasts about 3 seconds before it turns to flashing yellow. It used to stay green longer. Now, in the morning and evening, this creates back-ups on Market Street for those cars trying to turn left onto College Road.”

Answer:

The city is in the process of tweaking the timing of Wilmington’s more than 210 traffic signals which could be the reason for some timing issues at lights, N.C. Department of Transportation Deputy Division Traffic Engineer Joe Chance said.

“The timing issues are still being sought out and programmed,” he said, noting three signal system upgrade projects were just completed. The city is focused now on the timing at College Road, Market Street and Military Cutoff Road.

Chance said if there is an issue at the light on Market Street and Gingerwood Drive,  it could be that the city has just not gotten to it yet.

But, the change from the green ball to the yellow arrow is intended to improve traffic flow.

“The actual movement is a better movement,” Chance said.

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3 Responses to “ Why did they change the traffic light at Market Street and Gingerwood to make it so difficult to turn on to South College?”

  1. On October 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm JoAnn wrote:

    I think the signal timers for the City of Wilmington learned their trade from one of those online schoools they advertise on TV.

  2. On November 6, 2010 at 8:27 am required wrote:

    seems to be working better than ever now…

  3. On November 11, 2010 at 9:10 am Rev. James Davis wrote:

    I have seen cars backed up waiting in line to turn for about three or four cycles. Is this normal. I have seen more wreck’s with the new left turn signal than I did before these lights were installed.



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