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Why doesn’t the turning arrow at the corner of Third and Market work?

Jason Gonzales

Don Bennett, Wilmington’s traffic engineer, said he is not aware of any failures in the sensors at the intersection of Third and Market streets.

“We will check to make sure all our sensors are functioning,” he said.

What drivers might be seeing is the delay in the sensors, which can be perceived that they are not working correctly.

Bennett said there are three approaches to the intersection with arrows. On Third St. the detectors are located at the stop bar in the left turn lane.

The detectors have a delay, and the arrow will only come on after the lane is occupied for a certain amount of time.

He added that the left westbound turn arrow has a detector located a few car lengths back from the stop bar.

“Since this is a shared left and through lane, we would not want a couple of through cars bringing up the left turn arrow,” he said in an email.


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