Bring on the new signals

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I enjoyed the article that Meg Mirshak wrote in the Nov. 18 Augusta Chronicle about traffic control signals in Richmond County (“Richmond, Columbia counties installing more adaptive traffic signals”).

We all know these as “red lights” at most intersections throughout the area. They are designed to control the flow of traffic at intersections to avoid congestion. Ha! I’d bet that each of us has complained about these signals at some time.

How many times have you had to stop for a red light, only to sit for two minutes while there are no other vehicles traveling in the other directions? We anticipate the changing of the light to green only to find out that the turn lane arrow comes on for 30-45 seconds.

Yeah, I know. You’ll say, “Relax and take your time – no big deal.” I usually would agree, but this happens at each and every traffic control signal! Stop for a couple of minutes at each intersection and you’ve added many minutes of time to your travel plus the wasted gasoline used while waiting on the light. At $3.50 a gallon, it adds up.

So, hooray! I am happy about getting traffic control signals that work on traffic flow instead of the typical two-minute cycles that seem to be prevalent in our area. It will be a very welcome addition, especially if you travel downtown or on most of Augusta’s major thoroughfares. It can’t come quick enough for me.

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curly123053 11/28/12 - 09:28 am
Richmond County Behind The Times

The traffic flow signals have been in operation in Aiken for over 10 years. I figured Augusta-Richmond County would have done the same years ago. The traffic lights at Gordon Hwy and North Leg and at Gordon Hwy at Tubman Home both need to be set up on traffic flow. Those 2 signals cause you to sit over a minute, many times with no traffic passing by on the Gordon Hwy. Augusta Public Works needs to catch up with the rest of the country in regards to their traffic light control.

bubbasauce 11/28/12 - 10:57 am
Boy howdy, Augusta is going

Boy howdy, Augusta is going big time! It's about time the city did something that makes sense. Now do something about the trains downtown, then maybe people would go there. Until then, not happening!

soapy_725 11/28/12 - 11:03 am
It would take another

federal government funded initiative for ARC to update anything. Government initiatives with grant money will move the ARC forward. ARC does not have budget money for things like traffic lights. And just watch TV 12's cameras at noon. There is no traffic congestion.

Get on board the ARC and be saved. Get in now before the Rain Tax causes a deluge. Sewer repair by the most efficient crews available. Cannot wait for all the man hole covers to be painted pink and lime green. Aerial photos glow in the dark. Storm drains disappear under houses, hospitals, schools and historic building.

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