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June 26, 2014

Downtown seeing flashing lights, changing traffic control methods

Corsicana — For frequenters of Commerce Street downtown, the north-south travel just got a little quicker.

The four-way lighting system at the intersection of Commerce and Fourth Avenue — near Owen Hardware — has been replaced by a two-way stop sign set-up on Fourth. It probably will not be the last change in downtown traffic control.

“We’re going to look at other intersections too,” City Manager Connie Standridge said.

There are issues of old lighting systems and water getting into units, but ultimately, Standridge said, it comes down to traffic flow.

“Some of the (light system) controllers are so old, it’s hard to get replacement parts for them,” Standridge said. 

Some of the intersections are triggering into safety positions — flashing four-way red — due to water getting into the systems, Director of Public Works Terry Franks said. There are currently three intersections where the four-way red is frequently happening, he said:

• Collin Street and Main Street (Prosperity Bank);

• Beaton and Fourth Avenue (Miles Furniture);

• and Collin and Commerce (Napoli’s).

“We have new controllers ordered,” Franks said. “We have a short at Beaton and Fourth. At Collins and Main, water is getting into the system and it puts the lights in conflict. They go into safety mode.”

Thursday morning, the lights at Beaton and Fourth were reset, he said, but Collin and Main could not be reset.

The lights at Commerce and Collin go into safety mode less often, he said.

The intersection at Commerce and Fourth will still have the poles up, with lights covered by burlap sacks, for some time. They flashed for 30 to 40 days, Franks said, and the current look with flagged stop signs will be up for  several weeks. An application to Oncor to kill the electricity to the lights will have to be submitted, he said, before the poles can come down.

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