Q: What's up with the traffic signals on University Drive from State Road 84 south to the 1900 block? When the lights at S.R. 84 are green, the lights in the 1900 block are red and vice-versa. This causes backups throughout the day.
Alan B. Wackerling, Planation
A: The contractor reconstructing Interstate 595 is in the process of converting the traffic signal controllers at all of the I-595 interchanges from old to new systems.
While most major construction on I-595 is finished, there's still a lot work left to do before the official end of the project this summer.
The University intersections with S.R. 84 and the 1900 block are not synchronized because they aren't connected to Broward County's signal computers. Once the construction is completely finished, the county will take over the signals and re-time them.
Q: On westbound Atlantic Avenue, there are no advance signs for Hagen Ranch Road. Can signs be erected in the median and right side of the street?
Charles Rhodes, Boynton Beach
A: The Florida Department of Transportation is installing signs in both directions within the next 60 days.
Both signs will include Hagen Ranch Road and Legends Way because of the close proximity of the two intersections.
Q: Can the left turn arrow be extended for southbound Banks Road at Copans Road? The arrow only allows five to six cars through -- and that's if everyone is paying attention and not looking at their phones. Also, the light at Copans and Lyons roads doesn't seem timed. It recently took my husband five lights to get through the intersection at 9:30 a.m. on a weekday.
Jane Waterholter, Coconut Creek
A: A few more seconds have been added to the left turn on southbound Banks although the signal is functioning properly.
Broward County traffic engineers observed the intersection in the morning rush hour and found almost all vehicles cleared the left turn lane during the protected left-turn arrow, and the remaining vehicles cleared during the permissive green signal when there was no oncoming traffic.
"We did observe one instance when a vehicle was required to wait a second cycle, but as she stated, distracted drivers will certainly delay vehicles behind them," said Ed Davis, of the county traffic engineering division. "Northbound and southbound vehicles are clearing the intersection with a few seconds to spare and (we) reallocated that time to the protected left-turn arrow on southbound Banks Road."
Meanwhile, engineers found no problems at Copans and Lyons, with most vehicles clearing the intersection in one cycle and most eastbound Copans drivers traveling through Powerline Road without hitting a red light.
"Motorists entering a primary roadway such as Copans Road/Royal Palm Boulevard from a side street will typically stop at a major intersection as it catches up with the bulk of traffic. Signals are also timed in coordination with posted speed limits along the roadway," Davis said.
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