No More Stopping for Ghost Cars at Route 111, Spring Hill Intersection

Broken push button was disrupting the flow of traffic on Route 111 at the intersection with Spring Hill Road.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) fixed a traffic light at the intersection of Route 111 and Spring Hill Road that was giving a green light to the side street even if there were no cars.

The stoplight was installed a few years ago with a sensor intended to only give a green light to Spring Hill Road when triggered by a vehicle. A few months ago, the sensor’s programming malfunctioned and would stop traffic on Route 111 when there was no cross traffic.

After hearing from a constituent, State Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R-122) drafted a letter to the DOT asking for them to look into it and fix the situation.

The DOT responded to Hovey, stating that the issue was caused by “a malfunctioning push button causing the signal to cycle to the side street even if no cars were present.”

The button has been repaired and the intersection is cycling properly as of Wednesday.

“Route 111 is a very busy thoroughfare through town and I’m happy the Department of Transportation was able to rectify the situation and expedite the repair,” Hovey said in a release Wednesday. “Making sure our traffic patterns are working to their best capacity is important for everyone that uses Route 111, especially the people of Monroe who count on traffic systems working properly so they can get to work on time.”
lmf59 March 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Forma Bosse March 20, 2014 at 08:17 AM
While they're at it, they should also adjust the lights so that the left arrow appears, no matter when a vehicle making a left turn trips it. There's no worse frustration than having to sit through 2 light changes just because you happened to arrive within 10 seconds of when the light was going to change to let you go. Better YET, how about eliminating the left turn light entirely? At night when there is less traffic, there is absolutely no need to have to sit and wait when there is no oncoming traffic.


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