Opening 26th Ave S to traffic has been great for getting to Des Moines efficiently, but the traffic lights change much too quickly for the amount of traffic that uses the intersection now. Sometimes all the lights will stay red despite no one approaching from other directions which stalls the one lane that is waiting.
During rush hour (5-7pm), when cars wait to turn west/left onto S 200 St from 26th Ave S, sometimes they have to wait 2-3 light cycles before they can turn due to nonstop incoming traffic from the north. I realize installing a turn lane traffic light may be requesting too much, but we shouldn't have to wait through several traffic light cycles to make a turn. It's not safe (or legal?) to have the car out in the middle of the road just to make a turn at the last second before, or right as, the light turns red.