By Dave Shaw, Lakewood
Does anyone know why new traffic lights are being installed throughout Lakewood? I’m referring to the ones with the yellow border. How are these better than the ones being replaced? I’m sure thousands of dollars are being spent for the switch, but why? Can’t wait to hear the city council’s next call for more taxes to pay for “whatever” because they don’t have enough money.
The City of Lakewood posted a story on its website back in April discussing the new lights… ”
Quick question: Flashing yellow arrows. You’ve seen them in other communities – do you love ’em or hate ’em?
The reason the City wants to know is it’s converting many of its “doghouse-style” signal heads to flashing yellow arrows in the coming months. There are a couple of the flashing yellow arrows installed, and you’ll soon find more around Lakewood.
For reference, see the attached picture depicting a flashing yellow light, with one column of lights. When making a left during a flashing yellow light, the driver must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the sidewalk.
Regarding the financing of the lights, City Public Information Officer Brent Champaco says, “an $861,000 Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant, will upgrade more than 50 traffic signals throughout Lakewood. The new signals are more visible because they’re bigger and have yellow reflective borders. More importantly, they rely on flashing yellow arrows at certain left turns. Those are big upgrades to what was there, and those upgrades have been tested and proven nationally, with the ultimate result being drivers are safer. Also, many of the signals that are being replaced are at the end of their useful life (30-plus years) and needed changing anyway. According to the feedback we’ve gotten, drivers have welcomed the changes.”