Traffic light timing: What can be done? Hint: Nothing, really

We’ve received two complaints about traffic light timing in York City.

One complaint was about the lights on Richland Avenue from Market Street to College Avenue. The complaint said the way the lights were timed, traffic backed up. And sometimes, the person wrote, the light on Richland remains red even when there is no cross traffic on King or Princess streets.

The other was on Carlisle Road, at the lights at the Madison and Linden avenue intersections. The timing of the lights causes traffic to back up at peak times.

Can this be fixed?

Maybe not.

Jim Gross, the city’s public works director, said he hadn’t heard the complaints about the lights and said the city would check them out. But the city can only check to see whether the lights are working. Its crews can’t go out with a screwdriver and change the timing, if that’s what it would take.

Gross said PennDOT sets the timing on the lights, based on its traffic studies. If the lights are operating within the permit issued by PennDOT, then there’s nothing the city can do.

So short of PennDOT doing a traffic study and changing the timing of the lights, there’s nothing that can be done.

I would suggest finding something good on the radio or listening to a book on tape.

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