Limit traffic light changes to when most needed

Sometimes, what seems like a good decision doesn’t always work.

The traffic light at 2nd Avenue and Miller Street in Alpena might be one such case.

The key word there is “might.”

Alpena Municipal Council members were asked this week to consider returning the stop light at the intersection from a 24-hour blinking light to a normal traffic light with alternating red, yellow, and green signals.

The request was made by parents of students at All Saints School, who drop off and pick up their kids when traffic through the intersection is busiest.

Council members asked city staff to further investigate the issue and bring back options to them.

City Engineer Rich Sullenger suggested one option might be to switch the light from 6:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. as a regular working light, then leave it during the other hours as a blinking yellow yield light.

If that is a possibility, we would suggest narrowing the times even more and just reflect an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, when parents are either dropping off or picking up students.

The rest of the day, it would return to 24-hour blinking.

We see both sides of the issue, here, and it is our opinion that, with the exception of the school hours, the blinking light works well there.

We believe that, after learning of all the options, a reasonable solution can be reached.



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