City to remove traffic lights

Staff Report

The City of Rockford completed a traffic signal study that will result in the removal traffic lights at six intersections.

Since the study began in Julyn there have been no accidents at the corners of Court Street and Park Avenue, Court and Mulberry streets and Seventh Street and 18 Avenue. Based on public support and lack of accidents, the intersections will now be controlled by four-way traffic control systems (four-way stops).

The light at Broadway and Eight Street will be removed to make way for a two-way intersection. Stop signs will also replace signals at Michigan and Clover avenues and North Third and Prairie streets.

The city plans to continue studying signalized intersections that may no longer warrant traffic signals because of changing traffic patterns. Removal of unwarranted signals improves traffic flow and saves money on signal maintenance. Drivers using the intersection are urged to pay attention to the new traffic pattern.

One thought on “City to remove traffic lights

  • September 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve driven around a few downtowns where most of the streets were 1-way. One thing I notice is that it seems to require fewer stoplights, and also seems to improve getting around: with narrow streets where 1 lane could easily be blocked, the other lane is a good alternate. Getting thru an intersection on a busy day is also easier with 1-way traffic. It’s also easier to time the lights to keep traffic moving. If getting rid of lights to save on their cost and the electrical usage is a priority, consider adopting a 1-way traffic pattern.

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