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Traffic light snafu causing delays on Indy's north side

Posted at 2:31 PM, Aug 27, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rush hour can already be frustrating, but add in a traffic light that seems to be working against you? Forget it. 

When the lights turn green at the intersection of Fall Creek Parkway and Delaware Street, it only lets 5 or 6 cars through at a time. For people heading to work, like Lawrne Owens, it's a big issue. 

"It's not long enough, around heavy traffic times of the day it's really backed up," Owens said. 

The problem is made worse by the recent construction on Indianapolis' near-north side. 

Meridian Street is closed for the Deep Tunnel Project, the Central Avenue Bridge is closed for rebuilding, and with all the closures from the Red Line Construction, the area has become a headache. Delaware Street has become one of the main detours, but traffic can't keep up with the quick lights. 

A representative with the Indianapolis Department of Public Works said they didn't know it was an issue because nobody reported it. 

The lights can get out of sync for a variety of reasons. Inside the traffic boxes is a small computer, so a power outage or surge could cause them to glitch. Indianapolis' 1,100+ traffic signals aren't connected to the internet, so DPW says it relies on drivers reporting issues to know about a problem in the first place. DPW plans to send traffic engineers to check the light. 

When you notice something might be wrong with a traffic light, report it to the city at the Mayor's Action Center by calling 327-4MAC or online

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