QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS; State DOT's Traffic Engineers Address Your Complaints

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS; State DOT's Traffic Engineers Address Your Complaints


Readers sent in dozens of complaints about traffic signals through the Jacksonville area. Here are some of the most repeated questions with answers from the state Department of Transportation's traffic engineers.

Q: Heading south on Blanding Boulevard in the afternoon rush hour, the traffic light before the Interstate 295 overpass is only green long enough for a few cars to get through. After getting a green light, cars move forward, only to wait for a light after the overpass to turn green.

The existing signal timing is geared to getting cars onto Blanding Boulevard from the I-295 exit ramp so traffic won't block the highway and create a safety hazard. As a result, southbound Blanding drivers are delayed. After construction finishes on widening the exit ramp to handle more cars, the department will re-time the signal on that part of Blanding. Regarding the traffic lights before and after the overpass, they should turn green within five seconds of each other. The department will observe the intersection to see if they are working correctly.

Q: The traffic signals on Dunn Avenue near Interstate 95 are out of whack. Nothing seems to work together. The green arrow is way too short if you are turning left onto northbound I-95.

The department is in the process of analyzing those signals and should finish re-timing them by September.

Q: The light at Mayport Road and Assisi Lane isn't in sync with the light at Mayport Road and Florida A1A, which allows Mayport Road between the intersections to remain full of cars. When the light changes at A1A, drivers at Mayport Road can't proceed.

The problem isn't the traffic light at Mayport Road and Assisi Lane, which is green for at least 2 minutes, 8 seconds at a time. The problem is there is never a break in traffic flow heading south on Mayport Road at the Florida A1A intersection. When southbound Mayport drivers get a red light, southbound Florida A1A drivers turning onto Mayport Road fill up any gaps in the traffic. When there is a red light at the Assisi intersection, the traffic backs up into the Mayport Road-Florida A1A intersection. An observation of the signals on a recent Tuesday found they are properly operating. …

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