The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Valley

June 26, 2013

Traffic signal has some Sunbury drivers seeing red

SUNBURY — Drivers traveling along the Route 61 detour into the city may find they are waiting for what seems like a long period at the intersection of 11th and Market streets, but as long as vehicles keep moving toward the intersection, traffic should flow, City Councilman Kevin Troup said.

Troup, who leads the city’s public works department, said the intersection — which has seen increased traffic with the Route 61 detour, like all of the Market Street intersections — works using a motion sensor.

When vehicles are detected at the intersection, the signal will cycle through the red and green lights, he said.

“This helps keep the 61 corridor moving,” he said.

It also makes timing at the light slightly uneven. Some drivers Tuesday morning waited as long as two minutes for the light to change, followed by a 14-second green light, while at other times, red lights lasted as few as 36 seconds.

It’s all about keeping traffic moving, Troup said.

“All it takes is one car (to activate the sensor),” he said. “As long as people keep moving” traffic should flow.

Preservation work on the Route 61 Shamokin Creek Bridge near the Hamilton Underpass outside of Sunbury has started. The contractor closed one lane of traffic and is detouring northbound motorists around the bridge traffic heading into Sunbury.

The signed detour follows Black Mill Road, Snydertown Road and Eleventh Street. The detour will be in place until the work on the bridge is complete in August.

In Pennsylvania, municipalities own and operate the red lights, state Department of Transportation spokesman Rick Mason said.

Motorists with concerns about traffic signals should feel free to contact Troup, he said.

“They can call me anytime,” he said.


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