London proceeds with traffic light changes

(Posted Dec. 2, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Following completion of a traffic study, the city of London is moving forward with traffic light changes and some associated parking changes.

The city is removing traffic lights at five intersections to improve traffic flow: High and Union streets, High and Oak, High and Westmoor Drive, Main and Fourth, and Main and Second. (Originally, the light at the intersection of Main and First was included in this list but was later removed from the list).

During the 90-day traffic study, which concluded on Nov. 22, the street department deactivated the traffic lights at these five intersections and monitored the intersections for incidents. The police department reported no crashes at these intersections during the study period.

The street department is in the process of removing the lights at these intersections. The department will repaint the crosswalks as weather permits and install “yield to pedestrian” signs.

The city also is eliminating some parking spaces at these intersections because they obstruct views from the side streets.

“The biggest obstructed view is at Main and Second streets where we have pull-in spaces,” said Rex Castle, the city’s safety-service director.

The city is removing parking spaces on three of the four corners at Main and Second. The yellow paint that signifies no-parking will be extended along the curbs. Additionally, what become the new first parking spaces on those corners will be reserved for compact cars to further enhance visibility.

“That should give plenty of view to see oncoming traffic,” Castle said.

On Nov. 18, city council passed legislation regarding the compact car designation for those spots. Anyone who violates the designation will be fined $25 once signs are installed. Until then, the city will issue warnings. The city defines a compact car as measuring 161 to 187 inches long with a combined passenger and cargo volume of 100 to 109 cubic feet.

The city also is removing one perpendicular parking space on the southwest corner of Main and Fourth streets at the courthouse.

In addition to removing the five traffic lights, the city is replacing all of its remaining traffic lights and controllers, moving to brighter, more efficient LED units. The new units have been ordered and should arrive sometime in the next two months. The timeline for installation will depend on weather, Castle said.

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