Light Fixture

Every minute counts during my morning commute to work. Lately I’ve been waiting longer than usual at a traffic light along the way. I am convinced that something is wrong with the light, which prompted me to dash off an email to a contact in the Knox County government, who quickly referred me to a traffic engineer with the City of Knoxville.

Dear Mr. Pierce,
I travel eastbound on Middlebrook Pike every morning between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m. The light at Piney Grove Church Road used to change fairly quickly but lately something is different.
The left turn arrow for westbound traffic now seems to come on every time, even when no cars are present. The arrow is for vehicles that would be turning from Middlebrook into the Shannondale parking lot. The arrow seems to stay on far longer than necessary, even if there were cars making the turn.
Of course the green arrow means that eastbound traffic (like me) is stopped. At that hour of the morning, it is odd to see four or five cars waiting at a light yet that is happening more and more.
Why is the light acting differently than it had been for the past 10 years that I’ve been driving that stretch of road?
Thank you, in advance, for your attention!
Frank Murphy
Knoxville, TN

Here is his reply:

Mr. Murphy,
The situation you are describing sounds like the westbound left turn detector loop is damaged. The detector loop is located in the pavement and can become damaged due to a variety of problems, e.g., pavement movement, pavement damage, excavation both in roadway and shoulder work. We will have this investigated but if it needs to be replaced it will take about thirty days. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Ernie Pierce
Signal Engineer
City of Knoxville

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3 Responses to Light Fixture

  1. Keith Ely says:

    Hey, Good for you, you got a response. Something rare these days, getting a positive response from any government agency.

  2. Meaghan says:

    Headlines will read: Most Influential Man in Knoxville Stops Traffic

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