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Traffic lights near Agnes Scott close to being switched on

Crime and public safety Decatur

Traffic lights near Agnes Scott close to being switched on

Photo provided by Rebecca Weaver
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Photo provided by Rebecca Weaver

New traffic signals that will allow for protected left turns at the McDonough and Candler railroad crossings in Decatur are in bags and have been for months.

Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon says the long wait may finally be over.

In a post on the Decatur Makeover website, the city announced that, “New equipment required for the completion of upgraded College Avenue traffic signals at McDonough and Candler Streets will be installed beginning this week. The technology involved is innovative and will greatly improve safety and convenience for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Weather permitting, the work is expected to take about two weeks.”

When the work is finished, the new signals will be operational, Saxon said.

While the situation has been frustrating to drivers, Saxon has said getting the signals turned on hasn’t been easy.

“These intersections are complicated – each crossing is actually  two intersections adjacent to each other that are separated by the railroad tracks,” Saxon said. “Because there are so many elements at each crossing – new protected left turns on several additional legs at each intersection, the regular traffic signals, pedestrian signals, the railroad pre-emption – some special equipment is required to make the signals work as planned. [The Georgia Department of Transportation] is providing new advanced traffic controllers (the cabinets that house the technology to run the system) as well as additional signal heads at no cost to the City. The equipment is presently undergoing final testing and programming.”

The city says that during the installation, there will be some traffic delays. The city advises drivers to “plan accordingly.”

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