The red left turn arrows at State and Phelps Ave., Arnold Ave., and New Towne Dr. installed in 2007 are a nuisance. They are unnecessary and cause traffic to wait for exceptionally long times, often with little or no oncoming traffic that would otherwise prohibit making a left turn. The green arrows are too short, which often cause cars to race to catch the arrow creating a hazardous situation. Cars often dart out from the left turn lanes to try to catch the turn arrow at the next intersection. Traffic has increased on side streets as cars try to evade this and other intersections with red turn arrows. I’m sure businesses have been impacted by people wanting to avoid waiting to make the turns and choose to go elsewhere. Not to mention the wait time far exceeds the 30 second limit set by the city’s self imposed “No Idle Zone” Committee.
These lights were installed as part of a traffic signal “modernization” program at a cost of $132,207.18.