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Mayor Unveils New Traffic Signal System on Duval Street (May 9, 2000)

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Mayor Jimmy Weekley’s office announced today that new traffic signals have been tested and will soon become fully operational on Duval Street.

The new signals, located on the corners of each Duval intersection between Front and Angela Streets, will replace the existing overhead signals.  Removal of the overhead signals is underway by City Electric.

Mayor Weekley urges the public, whether in automobiles, on bikes or scooters, or on foot, to take note of the new signal arrangement.

The existing overhead signals were erected in the 1960s.  They are mechanical in operation and are rapidly becoming obsolete since replacement parts are no longer manufactured.  Wiring for the new system runs underground, unlike the present overhead wiring, and the new system is computer controlled.

Plans for the new system were agreed upon in 1995 following completion of a long-range traffic study.  Impact fees generated from the redevelopment of the Truman Annex are funding the system.

John Olinzock of the city’s Department of Engineering Services notes that this system “is more user-friendly for both vehicles and pedestrian traffic.”

“Testing of the new system conducted over the weekend at the Southard and Duval intersection was very successful,” Olinzock said.  “Pedestrians were actually obeying the signals in front of them.”

Mayor Weekley’s office also pointed out that the computer-controlled system will allow for timing adjustments to reflect changing traffic volume and flow.     

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