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Shorter traffic signals to help commuters

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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 11:31 am | Updated: 9:03 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

April 20, 2005

A recent change in trafficsignal timing in Gilbert is geared to help daily commuters such as Joanna Rochelle, who travels east-west between home and work.

The administrative assistant at Heritage Christian Academy, 919 E. Guadalupe Road in Gilbert, spends about a half-hour driving from her home in Queen Creek to work.

"I was kind of wondering why the traffic has gotten so bad," she said. "I’m frustrated."

Rochelle isn’t alone. A study in Gilbert showed more eastwest traffic than north-south. In response, the length of the traffic signals was decreased Saturday to allow for east- and westbound traffic to flow more efficiently, town spokesman Greg Svelund said.

For example, at Lindsay and Guadalupe roads, there was a 115-second wait for the light to change. Now it’s 95 seconds during peak hours.

The length of the cycle depends on the severity of traffic. Each of the approximately 100 intersections in town has changed accordingly, with some signals only changing a couple of seconds.

"A five-second change on a 90-second light probably won’t get noticed," Svelund said. "It’s not something you’re going to notice just driving down the street."

Some low-pedestrian intersections also have no automatic rights of way for pedestrians, to give drivers a couple of extra seconds of traffic.

To comment on intersection traffic, call (480) 503-6186. Be specific about time, direction and location.

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