I've received some comments that indicate an either/or mentality about traffic signal progression. It doesn't have to be that way. As one example, Lone Pine Road intersects Telegraph Road between two major intersections: Maple Road and Long Lake Road. Lone Pine Road has nothing that distinguishes it as a high priority route; no great volume of traffic and no commerce (except for some community buildings). Yet the signals at this location will stop traffic from both north and southbound Telegraph (at the posted speed) for at least part of the various signal cycles used on Telegraph Road.
Therefore, one can only conclude that Bloomfield Hills is not paying attention. Hey, Bloomfield Hills, Telegraph Road gets priority on the signals!
In today's Detroit Free Press, another reader echoed my sentiments published in The Detroit News:
"To save gasoline, have the traffic engineers in different municipalities get together and set traffic signals so that a driver can have green signals if he or she drives at a given speed down main streets.Exactly, Deane. And besides wasting gasoline and time, it makes the entire area more dangerous to navigate. Part of the problem is that traffic engineers are attempting to regulate traffic with too many traffic signals instead of "intelligent design".
Now, on many streets - Big Beaver in Troy for example - you go from green light to red light. Wait, then go from green light to red light again."
Deane B. MacMillan
Too much traffic is an excuse. Well, excuse me, but drivers emerging from several hours of shopping at high-end malls should not be an excuse for snarling traffic on a main thoroughfare. Perhaps subtle adjustments like NO EXITS FROM THE MALL TO THE MAIN THOROUGHFARE might be one solution. Another might be exclusive exit and entry lanes which are blocked by road dividers and allow merging half a block away. Okay, it snarls traffic from the mall, but so what?
Actually, it doesn't snarl any traffic.
The problem is that virtually none of our elected or appointed officials really has much interest in this problem. MDOT doesn't even respond to correspondence. Maybe they just can't hear us... or see the problem.
They are, evidently, more interested in their budgets than yours.