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.

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