Q. Are stop light timings around the larger retail establishments (the mall, Mayfaire) adjusted to compensate for the larger holiday shopping crowds?
A. City of Wilmington traffic engineers do monitor and adjust traffic signals to handle shopping crowds around the holidays.
“We alter the traffic signal timing plans during the holidays to compensate for larger shopping crowds and non-typical traffic patterns,” said Denys Vielkanowitz, the city’s signal systems management engineer.
Engineers also keep track of the signals when new stores open that could affect traffic, such as the Trader Joe’s at the corner of South College Road and Oleander Drive.
Date posted: July 2, 2013
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