Livernois Traffic Signal Should Be Replaced by End of January

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(Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 19, 2014)

The corner of Livernois and Marshall has been a problematic place in Ferndale since a drunk driver took out the traffic signal at the intersection on Nov. 1.

Because the damage was so extensive, the lights, the electrical hook up and the operation mechanisms all need to be replaced, and a temporary four-way stop has been put up.

The problem? People are so used to the light that they completely miss the fact there is a temporary four way stop there.

“We’ve put up blinkers, flags, warning signs ahead of the stop signs,” said Ferndale Police Chief Timothy Judy_Palmer30yearsCollins. “But people aren’t stopping.”

Since Nov. 1, there have been three accidents at the intersection, including a serious one on Dec. 1 where a van was rolled onto its side.

Police have stepped up enforcement in the area, and the Department of Public Works has been working with two insurance companies and a consultant in order to expedite the process of replacing the light.

“It’s typically a 6-8 month project between the design, bidding process and construction,” said DPW Director Loyd Cureton. “But thanks to everyone working together on this we should have the project done by the end of January.”modern natural baby inprogress

When asked if he would consider just leaving the light removed and making the four way stop permanent, Cureton said that would not be a good idea, citing “community interest and proximity to the school” and adding that “we got the TIA [Traffic Improvement Association] involved to get their recommendations and we think based on what we’re seeing there we need the light.” He also said that the city cannot just remove a light, or fail to replace once, without going through a process that would include replacing the light and doing a traffic study.

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