Jul 28, 2014
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No More Stopping for Ghost Cars at Route 111, Spring Hill Intersection

Broken push button was disrupting the flow of traffic on Route 111 at the intersection with Spring Hill Road.

No More Stopping for Ghost Cars at Route 111, Spring Hill Intersection
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) fixed a traffic light at the intersection of Route 111 and Spring Hill Road that was giving a green light to the side street even if there were no cars.

The stoplight was installed a few years ago with a sensor intended to only give a green light to Spring Hill Road when triggered by a vehicle. A few months ago, the sensor’s programming malfunctioned and would stop traffic on Route 111 when there was no cross traffic.

After hearing from a constituent, State Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R-122) drafted a letter to the DOT asking for them to look into it and fix the situation.

The DOT responded to Hovey, stating that the issue was caused by “a malfunctioning push button causing the signal to cycle to the side street even if no cars were present.”

The button has been repaired and the intersection is cycling properly as of Wednesday.

“Route 111 is a very busy thoroughfare through town and I’m happy the Department of Transportation was able to rectify the situation and expedite the repair,” Hovey said in a release Wednesday. “Making sure our traffic patterns are working to their best capacity is important for everyone that uses Route 111, especially the people of Monroe who count on traffic systems working properly so they can get to work on time.”

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