Traffic Signals which Needlessly Slow Traffic/Cause Pollution:

An Updated List of Traffic Signals Which Regularly Stop Oncoming Traffic For No Apparent Reason


Last Update: 09/12/2019

This list is intended to provide a consolidated state-by-state reference to a series of traffic lights in various locations in the United States which seem to be configured to force traffic to unnecessarily stop (even late at night) irrespective of traffic patterns and/or volume.

While waiting at a red signal from time to time unavoidable, such as at intersections controlled by an old traffic light which runs solely on mechanical timing, the majority of the offending traffic signals seem to be newer "demand" lights, with sensors, radar, ultrasound, and/or road plates which can easily determine when traffic is approaching, and, if properly implemented, favor through traffic on major roads as compared to side road/crossing traffic, especially late at night.

And indeed, the majority of newer traffic signals can and do function in this manner, yet there are many newer signals, which are capable of doing so, but either (a) out of inattentiveness, (b) out of a desire to needlessly stop/slow traffic, even at night, or (c) out of a cash-strapped locality's/town's desire to earn incrementally more ticket revenue (either by wasting manned police time or using arguably constitutionally deficient photo enforcement (no notice as to the time/place of incident, making it impossible to recall or procure witnesses to mount a defense against the ticket)), either carelessly or intentionally stop traffic when there is no traffic-related, safety-related, or other reason to do so.

In many cases, these newer, "smart" traffic lights are programmed to sense a car coming, and intentionally turn the signal aspect red for the oncoming motorist, forcing him to stop. Not only does this waste time, wear out brakes needlessly, and pollute more, but it erodes motorists' impression of local (or state) government and planning in that it indicates that they allow (or promulgate) such mindless traffic policy which doesn't benefit motorists, nor anyone else for that matter. In any other organization or entity, allowing such ridiculous and wasteful practices would result in a reprimand or firing of the person or persons reponsbile for such idiocy, but at local (or state) government it seems par for the course, and there is no consequence for fostering such policies which are patently foolish and obvious to everyone who drives, as evidenced by the town's/locality's careless or willfull traffic signal mismanagement. Much like a large pothole which a locality fails to repair (but which any government vehicle's operator, such as police, fire, highway maintenance, etc., should readily observe and hopefully be incentivized to report), which creates the impression of an out-of-touch local council who wouldn't notice that they were wet if they were drowning in the middle of a lake, allowing traffic lights to needlessly, carelessly, and in many cases, intentionally stop traffic creates a similar impression about the aloofness and lack of accountability of local government.

Thus, it seems likely, if not for anything other than how obviously a given locality's lights needlessly impede the free flow of traffic, and how they reasonably should be aware of the issue(s) and yet do nothing to remedy them, that the desire to slow motorists down/stop them for no rational reason and when no safety condition exists, stems from (at best) a nany-state, busy-body, paternalistic notion of how people should behave (drive slowly below what traffic engineers designed a given road for, which is dangerous for multiple reasons beyond the scope of this posting), or (at worst) as a revenue-generating opportunity to potentially dovetail in nicely with automated traffic enforcement (and oftentimes sped up yellow-light cycles to catch people on red).

And, as so often is the case these days, all this while at the same time these given towns and governments also maintain the pretense of being "environmentally concerned", or go to legnths to penalize citizens for failures to properly recycle and/or impose "environmental compliance" fees and taxes, yet are either carelessly or intenionally causing countless cars, buses, and trucks to needlessly stop and start (and stop and start, and stop and start...), resulting in significantly more air pollution (not to mention vehicle wear and tear) due to their laziness or zeal in properly maintaining traffic signals within their jurisdictions.

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    General:

    Traffic signals are generally utilized to regulate the flow of traffic, promote vehicular safety at congested intersections and serve as an organizational convenience to motorists. However, in many areas, we have observed a number of traff ic signals which impede the free flow traffic, serve as an inconvenience, and in effect may ultimately be less of a safety mechanism than if no traffic signal were in operation at that given location. Specifically, many signals, even those with magnetic loops or other mechanisms to detect and respond to traffic patterns and the flow of traffic will, especially during off-peak hours, by either happenstance or by design, force traffic to stop for no apparent reason, purely as a means to slow down traffic so as to enforce a given town's or jurisdiction's pecuniary interests or other self-serving motivations rather than fulfill the safety and efficacy roles for which traffic signals are intended.

    In many cases, even during late night hours, traffic signals with sensors appear to detect oncoming traffic and change from green to red specifically to stop passing motorists rather than changing from red to green to permit the smooth flow of traffic.

    Area residents tend to understand how these signals function and thus attempt to avoid stopping by, among other things, drastically accelerating while approaching an intersection, driving on the road "shoulder" until the last second before passing through an intersection, executing various types of turns at high speeds and other potentially dangerous measures.

    These measures could pose a risk to public safety, and would be unnecessary were the municipalities responsible for the administration of roads and traffic more diligent and/or thoughtful in the programming and maintenance of the traffic signal(s).

    In addition, these measures could also result in motorists wasting gas, either from taking longer alternate routes to reach their destination or accelerating through the intersection. Either outcome could result in a higher level of CO2 emissions from each vehicle as a result of these maneuvers.

    Many of these cities and towns profess an environmental concern. However, this type of problem with traffic signals does anything but help the environment and thus serves to demonstrate the hypocrisy in this matter on the part of the municipalities responsible for the maintenance of these traffic signals.

    Cited below is a list (organized by state) of traffic signals which exhibit such symptoms and, in many cases, cause such potential risks to the public health.


    Disclaimer/Note: The authors do not make any representations or warranty as to the accuracy of this information, although every effort is made to ensure that seemingly malfunctioning traffic signals for the given location(s) listed are correct as of the last update date. Opinions as to the severity, culpability, causality, origin, responsibility, relative danger or any other discussion as to a given traffic signal are purely speculative and based solely upon the observations of motorists who are affected by them - no specific engineering or technical knowledge is provided or expected in order to post on this list. Listed traffic lights and other notes are mere observations -- we try to be accurate, but we make no representations other than what we have observed (and if others notice we are wrong about a given drop, please mail us so we can test the drop and modify the list accordingly.)


    Connecticut

  • Fairfield County, Brookfield: One of the silliest, brain-dead lights in the state is located on US-202/Federal Road just north of the access road (White Turkey Rd. Extension) where US-202 leaves Federal Road heading south and joins the US-7 freeway just north of the JCT with I-84. The light is just north of the light which controls the US-202/Federal intersection, controlling access to BJ's Price Club (on the west side of Federal/US-202) and Savers (on the east side); the access road has no name which is discernable. In the middle of the night, traffic heading north appears to trigger the light to turn red to stop US-202 N/S traffic in favor of an access road to stores which are closed!. Are people actually paid to operate and maintain these lights?!. Basically, the light senses someone heading north, and turns red (for an inordinantly long period of time) for no reason at all. Most recently observed: 01/12/2019.
  • Hartford County, Berlin: A new one for 2019 -- the traffic light controlling the intersection of the Berlin Turnpike/CT-15/US-5 and CT-9 (and indirectly CT-372, which CT-9 supplemented when it was completed) seems to have suddenly started changing every 20 to 30 seconds or so, even in the middle of the night, for no apparent reason. (Or, even more perniciously, it may actually be triggered by taffic approaching it from the north or south on the Turnpike, and the signal is either mis-configured or intentionally set to stop traffic.) Thus, after apparently correcting much of the nonsense to the north in Newington (see below), and after traffic can move smoothly south through there, it is generally forced to stop (again, even in the middle of the night, with no traffic to/from CT-9/CT-372 via the poorly designed interchange) for no reason in Berlin. One would assume that someone from the town would perhaps notice this and have it corrected, but why bother actually make traffic move smoothly? First and most recently observed: 01/06/2019.
  • Hartford County, Newington: The Berlin Turnpike/CT-15 has some of the worst traffic light signalling/optimization in the state of Connecticut, as the uneeded and poorly sequenced/synchorinized signals which follow will indicate. Probably the worst and most offensive of these lights in along the Turnpike/CT-15 and the JCT with CT-173/Richard St (where the Roy Rogers used to be before it became an Arbys, diagonally across from the Mobil station). Even at night, the signal seems to intentionally turn red for Berlin Turnpike traffic while heading downhill, almost to make sure everyone has to stop. It seems as if whomever runs (if you want to call it that) the Newington Dept of Highways or whatever they have wants to make sure everyone has to slow down, and since the CT. Dept. of Transportation likely didn't let them lower the speed limit, Newington is going to do effectively the same thing by forcing frequent stops on monotorists even late at night with no one else on the road (they could flash it yellow for CT-15/Red for CT-173 for example). Nearly all the time, a motorist traveling south along CT-15 will trigger the light to turn red just before arriving at it - even with no traffic wating or arriving on CT-173! All this really encourages people to do is speed up to "make" the light (or is this another police trap where otherwise good drivers are forced to drive poorly due to stupid planning and nanny-statism on the part of the Town of Newington?). And of course this doesn't help reduce pollution or time wasted at needless stops and starts, but what does Newington care as long as they can assert their distorted notions of traffic safety on all passers-by and maybe make some ticket revenue in the process? This appears to have been correct as of January 2019; if future tests indicate that the signal now operates properly (favors US-5/CT-15 traffic until traffic on CT-173 needs to cross), this signal will be moved to the corrected section. First observed: Oct 2001 / Most recently observed: 1/16/2017; observed operating properly on 01/06/2019, and again on 03/17/2019.
  • Hartford County, Newington: Yet another one of the more aggregious Newington traffic signals on the Berlin Turnpike (CT-15), at the JCT with CT-160/Denning Rd, in conjunction with the access road to The Home Depot just north on CT-160. Traffic traveling on the Turnpike, even late at night, is often stopped at the access road for The Home Depot, even when it is closed!, such as at 1 AM or so. The "Home Depot Signal" seems to either stop traffic on the Turnpike for no reason at all, or perhaps in conjunction with CT-160, just to the south, in order to again effectively "enforce" a slower speed limit than the road is signed for by the ConnDOT (which is located right nearby! - why haven't they noticed this?). Traffic traveling southwards (again, even late at night) is often stopped at the "Home Depot light", and then when it turns green, the light just to the south at CT-160 turns red to ensure that motorists have to make yet another unecessary and wasteful stop (this is just north of the JCT with the CT-9 freeway). It seems that many locals are aware of this, and race as fast as they can through the Home Depot intersection to the CT-160 one in order to avoid having to stop. As is often the case with (apparent) cases of nanny-statism, the unitended consequences of trying to force reasonable motorists to stop more often than is needed and generally behave in an unreasonable way results in significantly more unwanted behavior, such as speeding on that stretch of the CT-15 so they aren't frustrated by the silliness of Newington's traffic management (or more aptly, lack thereof!). As of January 2019, this too (along with the CT-173 signal, above), appears to have been remedied; if further tests show that the signal no longer stops Berlin Turnpike traffic needlessly, this entry will be moved to the corrected section. First observed: March 2007 / Most recently observed: 1/16/2017; appears to have been corrected 01/06/2019.
  • Hartford County, Newington: On the Berlin Turnpike (CT-15), at the JCT with CT-287 (Prospect St. to the east and E. Robbins to the west), there is a disjointed intersection (Prospect is a few hundred feet north of E. Robbins, just north of McDonalds and Citgo on the west side of the Turnpike), and even late at night, when there is no traffic waiting either way on CT-287, nor any turning traffic from the Berlin Turnpike to CT-287 in either direction, the lights controlling the intersection without reason stop traffic on the Berlin Turnpike and favor cars (not there are many!) on CT-287, needlessly slowing down traffic (and causing an uphill start/climb from a stop for northbound traffic) on the turnpike. The area is heavily policed, and motorists know to stop for the lights, so is the only reason they have the lights change for no reason is to try to get some extra revenue with red light tickets? The entire interchange should favor the Berlin Turnpike and only change to an aspect of green for CT-287 when there is an actual car waiting (as is typical on signalled divided highways like most signalled junctions US-1 in NJ). First observed: May 1992 / Most recently observed: 01/16/2017.
  • Litchfield County, New Milford: Along US-7, at the intersection with Dodd Rd. (just north of the correctly operated signal for the Stop & Shop and Walmart), there's an utterly idiotic signal which, in the middle of the night, stops traffic on US-7 for no reason (and also presents a left turn aspect along southbound US-7 when there is no one turning). The light operates 24-hoursd a day on weekdays (even in the middle of the night when there is no one on Dodd Rd.), but on weekends it flashes yellow for US-7 (and red for Dodd), so the light is capable of a flashing yellow aspect for US-7 traffic (as are most other lights along US-7 in the area), but some imbecile who programs the lights in New Milford for some reason never bothered to program this one properly. (Why bother? The light likely doesn't affect him so why bother doing a proper job then?). Last observed needlessly stopping traffic and adding to pollution in New Milford in the middle of the night on 03/17/2019.
  • Middlesex County, Haddam: At the intersection of CT-17, a main north-south road between I-91 and CT-9, and CT-68, which heads west to I-91 and Wallingford, the traffic light which controls the intersection, even late at night, changes to favor non-existent traffic from CT-68 (which ends at JCT CT-17, and traffic must head north or south on CT-17) and stopping traffic on CT-17 for no reason. This may be because it is just an old signal and doesn't have any sensors in the road (as many in Connecticut are), but at the very least the town of Haddam (or ConnDOT id they run the signal) should have the signal flash yellow for CT-17 traffic and flash red for eastbound traffic coming to the end of CT-68. There is just no reason for the majority of traffic, which is along CT-17, to stop in the middle of town all night long because of this poorly implemented and operated signal. Most recently observed: 05/26/2019.
  • New Haven County, Wallingford: The traffic light along US-5 at the JCT with CT-68/Barnes Road rigidly stops N/S traffic along US-5, even late at night, fo no apparent reason. The traffic signal is located about 1/2 a mile south of the Wilbur Cross (CT-15/Meritt) Parkway, and about 1/2 a mile north of the 24 hour Walmart. CT-67 actually has an overpass to take CT-68 traffic E/W traffic over US-5 and the parallel Amtrak route, so there is no crossing traffic at CT-68/US-5; the only traffic which should turn the light is traffic heading off of CT-68 making a left turn south onto US-5, which, in the middle of the night, in no one - a flashing red light signal aspect for the CT-68 would be more than adequate. Nevertheless, the signal there turns red every 20 seconds or so for no reason, and even provides a left turn from US-5 south to the CT-68 ramp, even when no one is waiting at the left turn lane. This signal just slows down/stops traffic for no reason, and has been helping raise the air pollution in Wallingford for years. First observed: Dec 1999 / Most recently observed: 12/27/2016
  • Delaware

  • New Castle County, Newark: At the traffic signal located at the JCT of DE-896 and Chestnut Hill Rd, the light will change to green in the middle of the night for an extended period of time for the opposing traffic, which is a relatively small road which crosses DE-896. However, the change occurs even when there is no cross traffic. Most recent instance occurred on 02/15/2011. This is ironic as the city of Newark operates an extensive "green energy" program and yet one of their traffic signals exhibits egregious flaws which could lead to unnecessary air pollution.
  • New Jersey
  • Hunterdon County, Flemington, NJ: A traffic signal located at the JCT of Church Rd. and US-202 (just east of Flemington) changes to a stop signal for no apparent reason when driving south. The signal opens a left turn lane even if nobody is at that signal. Most recent instance occurred on 08/22/2011.
  • Hunterdon County, Flemington: A traffic signal located at the JCT of Case Rd. and US-202 (just east of Flemington) changes to a stop signal for no apparent reason when driving south. The signal opens a left turn lane even if nobody is at that signal. Most recent instance occurred on 09/09/2019.
  • Hunterdon Coumty, Flemington: The traffic signal controlling the intersection of US-202 and Everitts Road, just west of the Flemington Circle, is yet another signal on this tedious road which needlessly stops traffic in the middle of the night for no reason. Motorists on US-202 will be forced to stop even though there is no one waiting in ANY direction to cross or turn. It seems as if the signal just changes for the sole purpose of stopping cars (and causing more pollution; strange behavior for "environmentally friendly" Flemington...). Most recent instance occurred on 09/09/2019.
  • Hunterdon County, Flemington/Ringoes: Another traffic signal changes from green to red for absolutely no reason at all while driving on on US-202 west of the Flemington Circle, and arriving at one of the many intersections with Old York Rd, in this case, the CTY-514/NJ-179 segment. Most recent instance occurred on 09/09/2019.
  • Hunterdon County, Flemington: At the JCT of US-202 and River Rd, the light at that intersection forces traffic to stop. Most recent instance occurred on 07/01/2010.
  • Hunterdon County, Flemington: At the JCT of US-202 and Church Rd, the traffic signal only changes to a green light for eastbound traffic in the eastbound left turn lane, which forces westbound traffic on US-202 to wait. This occurs even when no one is attempting to make an eastbound left turn. Most recent instance occurred on 08/15/2010.
  • Hunterdon County, Flemington: Along US-202, just west of the newly-rebuilt Flemington Circle (which doesn't seem to have helped much in late-2018; couldn't they have built an overpass for US-202 traffic, and put a circle underneath as they did along US-202 at the Raritan Circle where it intersects with US-206?), where US-202 has an intersection with two apparently U-turn signals (about half a mile south of where the speed limit goes from 45 to 50 MPH), it appears that the U-Turn signals (there appears to be no road name for this two minor turns) are somehow timed to stop people who had just been stopped at the Hart Road set of signals (two signals covering a disjointed interchange to the north). Thus, motorists, especially at night, who are stopped at Hart Road (we still need to determine if Hart Road's signals change for no reason), are forced to stop again at the U-Turn signals about half a mile south on US-202, which apparently only serve as a means to access a bunch of auto dealerships! These dealerships include Dischman/Flemington Ford Lincoln, Flemington Audi, and Flemington Buick/GMC/Cadillac - none of which are open at midnight, and yet the U-turn signals needlessly stop traffic on US-202 by turning red to allow for U-turn, even though there are no cars waiting to turn!. Clealry a signally complex designed just to needlessly stop people where there is no traffic condition present requiring a stop, which makes motorists wonder what the point of such lights are and just run them. First observed: 06/16/2011 / Most recently observed 04/21/2019.
  • Hunterdon County, Flemington: Another of US-202's idiotic signals which needlessly turn red to stop US-202 traffic in the middle of the night: The signal at Hampton Corner Road, about a mile south of the above signal near the car dealerships, also turns red to stop traffic along US-202 even when there is no one waiting on Hampton Corner Rd. to cross! Is there something mentally wrong with the people who run Flemington's DOT (or is it the State of NJ's DOT?) who seem to have this moronic need to justify their jobs in some inane and irrational way by signalizing US-202 so as to stop everyone possible and impede the free flow of traffic? Who gave these people jobs in the first place? First oberved: 06/16/20122 / Most recently observed 04/21/2019.
  • Hunterdon County, East Amwell Township, Ringoes: Along NJ-31, at the intersection of Linvale Road at Mile Marker 13, the traffic light turns red along NJ-31 for no reason, even if there is no one present on Linvale. Although a relatively small road, NJ-31 sees a lot of traffic - especially truck traffic - since the State of NJ couldn't bring itself to build I-95 in the 1980s, so local residents and trucks making deliveries need to rely on NJ-31 due to the typical and usual shortsightedness of NJDOT and the build-nothing-anywhere-near-me nuts between Princeton and Pennington who fought to kill off I-95. So, is all the truck traffic on NJ-31 preferable? Do all of you in Princeton enjoy the traffic and constand widening of US-206? Do the homeowners of expensive property along Cherry Valley Road enjoy all the traffic from US-206 crossing over to I-295? Well, MAYBE if you all didn't fight off I-95 30 years ago this all wouldn't be a problem, hmm, maybe??. And just wait until the duplicitious Delware Valley Joint Bridge Commission finishes the work it started a long time ago of conspiring to toll the I-295 (ex-I-95) Scudders Falls Bridge and all the toll-avoidance traffic which results! (You can just imagine the Commissioners there salivating while watching the toll gantries going up on the previously free bridge about all the new money they'll be getting soon - note how the gantries are up even before the second bridge is finished so they can start stealing money from what was a free crossing from the first instance the bridge opens - hopefully the weight of the toll gantry will make the whole thing collapse and fall into the river and we'll be done with it!). The bridge was free since it opened, but it was not well maintained (one wonders why) and now a new one needs to be built to accommodate southbound traffic (which just somehow coincides with how all the other bridges work, and will of course be tolled), and only THEN can they "rebuild" the northbound (old) bridge. Hmmm...why not just fix the bridge which exists and skip the tolls? Considering the element of local/state government which sets lights, either carelessly or intentionally, to needleslly stop traffic, it should come as no surprise that un-elected bodies like the Joint Bridge Commission actually have the audacity to convince that tolling a once free crossing serves anyone else's benefit other than their own. In any event, the light at Linvale Rd. along NJ-31, which as soon as the Scudders Falls tolls start will likely be the least of the area's traffic problems, was first observed on 08/12/2014, and the most recently observed uneeded change to red in the middle of the night stopping NJ-31 traffic for no reason and allowing the stopped trucks to pollute even more while idling and then starting up again was on 04/21/2019.
  • Mercer County, Hamilton: The light at the JCT of Windsor Rd. and US-1 (which is slightly north of I-195) will change for no reason. Most recent instance occurred on 07/11/2010. This would seem to contradict the goals and aims of Hamilton's green office.
  • Mercer County, Pennington: The traffic light along NJ-31 at the JCT with W. Delware Ave/CTY-624 (near Pennington Market) appears to be triggered by radar sensors, and as cars approach from the north turn the N/S aspect of the signal red (late at night, when there is no need to change the signal) merely to stop N/S trafic for no reason. First observed: June, 2012 / Most recently observed: 1/2/2017.
  • Mercer County, Pennington: NJ-31 at the JCT with Pennington-Hopewell Rd/CTY-654, at the 45-degree intersection near the Quick-Check (lacking a 24-hour has station). Another one of the lights on NY-31 which are either horribly mis-sequenced or intentionally set to unnecessarily stop traffic for no apparent reason. Late at night, with no cars for miles heading southwards on CTY-654 (the only real reason the light should ever need to change), motorists driving northwards or southwards on NJ-31 are stopped by a red light. Is there any traffic/engineering reason for this? Or is it just to make NJ-31 an unattractive route for trucks and other motorists to use since I-95 has never been completed in NJ and people are fed up woith high tolls on the de-facto I-95 and/or the lack of adequate highway facilities in corridors west of the NJTP? First observed in March, 2011 / Most recently observed: 07/15/2018 - as of Dec 2018 may have been remedied - needs further testing.
  • Mercer County, Princeton: A perennial favorite (and annoyance) are two lights along US-1 north of Princeton, at Promenade and Ridge Roads (see the next listing, below). Heading south, Promenade changes to red, on a downhill (taking more wear and tear on breaks to stop), even when there is no traffic waiting at the cross street (a mall to the east and some sort of corporate park to the west - not likely to be too busy at night!). The light seems to either be sequenced to the light just to the north, so that when it turns green, cars which drive at the speed limit will be stopped as they approach Promenade, effectively 'enforcing' a 30 mph 'limit' (even though the six-lane road is signed at 55 mph). Promenade basically changes red to needlessly stop motorists, even in the middle on the night, when there is no cross traffic, and seems either timed to the signal immediately to the north, or just senses approaching traffic from the north, and turns red to stop vehicles for no reason. Last observed: 03/24/2019.
  • Mercer County, Princeton: After Promenade Road (above), a lesser annoyance on US-1 is Ridge Road, which often (but not always) turns red when there is no crossing traffic present (and far too often for it to be a "forced change" to allow for cars which did not trigger the demand sensors to cross, ie, a cycle every 4 minutes or so to clear out vehicles which did not automatically trigger the light). As with Promenade (above), Ridge road rests in a downhill on both the north and southbound sides, causing even more wear and tear on breaks than if it were at a level section of US-1. The failure of the Ridge Road light to promote free-flowing traffic whenever possible (especially at night) also leads to both excessive noise and atmospheric pollution, as trucks will 'air-brake' on the downhill, and then throttle up when the light turns green to get up the hill(s) surrounding the light, during which time, much more pollution is clearly evident eminating from the trucks than if they were allowed to pass through the intersection had it (if it operated properly) remained green. Last observed: 12/18/2016.
  • Mercer County, Princeton: Another light is in NJ on US-1 at the JCT of Wynwood, just north of Princeton and south of New Brunswick, which is just north of a Residence Inn. In the middle of the night, the light will change for no reason when people drive up. Add this to the list. Last occurred on 01/19/2010. However, the town of Princeton operates a Reduce/Reuse/Recycle environmental program. Are they unconcerned with air pollution caused by exhaust fumes from motorists slowed down and inconvenienced by malfunctioning traffic lights?
  • Mercer County, Princeton: A traffic signal located at the JCT of US-206 and Airpark Rd. changes color for no reason. Most recent instance occurred on 03/04/2013.
  • Mercer County, Robbinsville: A traffic signal located at the intersection of US-130 and NJ-32 East, which is approximately three or four miles north of Gordon Rd (an often mis-timed signal as well), seems to turn to red as someone approaches from the south. Most recent instance occurred on 07/04/2011. This would seem contrary to the spirit of Robbinsville's several environmental and "green" projects.
  • Mercer County, East Windsor/Hightstown: The traffic signal on US-130 at the JCT with CTY-571/Stockton Rd. often turns red for no reason, even in the middle of the night, with no cross traffic waiting to enter or cross US-130. This means that trucks (common at night to avoid the high tolls of the NJ Turnpike, also because I-95 was never built as a toll-free road, and is still being completed in 2019 via a cumbersome - and highly tolled - link via the PA Turnpike extension) have to stop and then slowly start again, causing pollution for local residents who live in the area, and in general just making it more difficult for anyone to get around. The traffic light also turns red for northbound traffic when the southbound left lane has a green left-turn signal, even when there is no one heading southbound turning left!. Last observed: 06/04/2019.
  • Mercer County, Trenton: On NJ-31 approximately 4.5 miles north of the JCT of NJ-31 and I-95, NJ-31 intersects with Meadowbrook Farm Rd. There seems to be a sensor just up the road when you come from the north that when you hit the sensor, it turns the light red. It should go on the list as well. Most recent instance occurred on 02/16/2010. As with many other cities and town in the state of New Jersey, Trenton has undertaken a substantial environmental initiative and this traffic signal would seem a blatant violation of the town's professed environmental conscience.
  • Middlesex County, Cranbury: US-130 and Dey Road/CTY-614 - likely one of the most offensive, stupid, and downright dangerously idiotic ideas that the Cranbury traffic people (or is it Middlesex County) have come up with, the signal which controls the intersection of Dey Road and US-130, even in the middle of the night, favors Dey Road, so that traffic going at 55 MPH on US-130 is forced to stop and wait, for over 1.5 minutes at times, for the Dey Road signal aspect to turn red, allowing, for maybe 10 seconds, US-130 traffic to proceed. This all started in early 2017, and after a few weeks people were running lights, making U-Turns and then Rights-on-Red to bypass the signal, and just ignoring the light, since it is obvious that whomever "maintains" the lights has it backwards - Dey Road should be the demand aspect of the signal, that is, normally US-130 should have a green, and only when there is traffic waiting on Dey should the signal change to red briefly on US-130, allowing Dey Road traffic to pass, and then quickly go back to green on US-130 so as not to impede traffic. By mid-2017, the matter was apparently corrected, but a few months later, the geniuses who apparently run the signalling either negligently or intentionally set the intersection back to favoring Dey. Apparently Cranbury and/or Middlesex DOT is/are not concerned with smooth traffic flow or safety (and the liability issues involved in the event of accidents), which results in motorists realizing the idiocy of the idiotically signalled intersection, which vitiates the entire purpose of having a traffic signal there in the first place. As of January, 2019, it seems the problem has been corrected (again), and the signal favors US-130 and only stops traffic on US-130 when there is demand (a car waiting) to cross US-130 on Dey Road. Let's see how long this lasts for... Most recently observed on 03/09/2019 (that is, it remains corrected - let's see how long that lasts for...) (Still working OK as on 09/12/2019!)
  • Middlesex County, Cranbury: The traffic signal located at the JCT of US-130 and CTY-535 changes color for no apparent reason. While proceeding from the northern most part of CTY-535 heading west, the road merges with US-130, which is governed by a traffic light. The signal at that location will change color for absolutely no reason. Most recently observed on 04/08/2012.
  • Middlesex County, Dayton: A traffic signal changes color for no reason on US-130 at Fresh Ponds Rd., just north of Dayton Toyota. First noticed on 09/23/2012. Given that the town seems so preoccupied with "green dogs", it is surprising that they do not seem as concerned about air quality from automobile exhaust fumes. As of late 2017 and 2018, the signal seems to sometimes change for no reason, and at other times functions properly (again, even in the middle of the night, it changes for no reason when there is no traffic waiting to cross US-130, and not in any discernable pattern, such as every 5 minutes in case a waiting car has not been detected). Most recently observed 07/14/2019.
  • Middlesex County, Edison: One of the worst, (intentionally?) poorly-timed traffic lights along US-1 in all of New Jersey, at the JCT with Plainfield Ave/CTY-529; traffic on Plainfield Ave is favored over that of the much more heavily trafficked US-1, even in the middle of the night. Thus, cars driving on US-1 are forced to stop most of the time until the light turns green for them, even though about 95% of the traffic is on US-1 and there is very little traffic at night crossing on Plainfield/529. Is there some mental illness going on with the people who do traffic planning and maintenance along this stretch of US-1, or does someone just like stopping cars and polluting needlessly and does idiotic traffic signal aspects and timings like this on purpose? (There used to be another one just like this on Dey Road in South Brunswick along US-130, but as of Feb 2019 it seems to have been corrected - again). This idiotic, poorly-functioning light was last observed doing all it can to obstruct US-1 traffic in Edison on 03/24/2019.
  • Middlesex County, Edison: US-1 at the JCT/intersection of Forest Haven Blvd, immediately south of some freight rail tracks which served the Chrysler(?) car plant which was on the west side of US-1. Another utterly idiotic light on US between I-287 and NJ-18, this light controls onlya U-Turn and access to a shopping area which used to house a Comp USA and still has a Chuck-E-Cheeses. In the middle of the night, when no one is making a U-turn or needs access to a closed mall, the light on US-1 needlessly stops traffic (turns red), and may be somehow sequenced with the light just to the south for Old Post Rd. Regardless, the light stops motorists in the middle of the night for no reason, resulting in more pollution (especially from all the trucks which use US-1 in the area) and wear-and-tear on US-1. This is easily a light which should only operate as a "demand light" (only allows cross traffic when there is a car waiting to cross US-1, otherwise US-1 is not stopped), yet the NJ-DOT (or local?) maintains this light to foolishly stop traffic 24-hours a day when there is obviously no need for it, needlessly frustrating motorists and encouraging them to run the light since anyone who drives there knows that the light stops traffic for no reason and has since the auto plant closed. Most recently observed: 03/24/2019.
  • Middlesex County, Highland Park: US-1 at the intersection of Woodbridge Rd./CTY-514 (near the old PathMark supermarket), the traffic light aspect will change to stop US-1 traffic, even in the middle of the night, and even when there is no traffic heading either east or west on Woodbridge Rd., thus needlessly stopping and impeding the flow of traffic, which often will then get caught at the signals further to the north heading towards I-287/NJ-440. Additionally, the signalling at the US-1/CTY-514 junction is so poorly implemented that if a car triggers the signal on CTY-514 heading east, so example, after the east signal turns red, the westbound signal turns green, even if no one is waiting in that direction!. This needlessly makes US-1 motorists wait (as well as subsequent eastbound travelers on CTY-514 who have to wait for a whole light sequence to run through again), and needlessly serves as a point of congestion and delay, not to mention a source of added pollution and suit from cars and trucks being stopped for no reason and then having to accerlate back up to speed once the signal turns green again. (Maybe it's just time for an overpass?). Most recently observed on 12/10/2018.
  • Middlesex County, North Brunswick Township: On US-1, the traffic light controlling Commerce Blvd (the northern access road to the new Target built on the east side of US-1) as it crosses US-1 stops traffic when there is no one waiting at the light, perhaps in conjunction with the light just to the north for Adams Lane (which itself is a suspect light which appears to turn red merely to stop US-1 traffic even when there is no cross-traffic waiting at night; in the daytime it is always busy and should be provided with an overpass). Thus, late at night, when the Target et. al. are closed and there are very few cars which need to cross US-1, the light for Commerce Blvd. will stop US-1 traffic, which often had just been stopped just north at Adams Lane) for no reason (that is, when no crossing cars are present, since again, the mall is closed!!!!), causing cars and trucks heading south to stop at Adams, and then half a mile south at Commerce. This was never a problem before the Target and other stores opened, so whoever set up the lights must either be an idiot or thinks that stopping traffic needlessly and making them wait will build awareness for the shopping area! Hopefully, most motorists will be so fed up with all the stopping in the area that they will just avoid the Target and other stores, putting them out of business so the Commerge Rd. (and even the Main St. light, which doen't appear to needlessly stop traffic even though it goes to the same mall area) will be removed and traffic can return to what it used to be like there. To see this moronic light in action, just drive on US-1 ar around 2AM, and sit at Adams Lane. As traffic comes down/south from the overpass over the rail line, it will often (perhaps needlessly, especially at night) be stopped at Adams. Once Adams turns green and people get up to speed (55 MPH), the light at Commerce will turn red just as they approach, again, at 2 in the morning, with no one anyone near Commerce needing to cross, all US-1 traffic has to stop again for no reason. (And even in the daytime, when the the lights for Adams, Commerce and Main arguably have a purpose, they should be sequenced to change together if needed, holding mall traffic in favor os US-1 through traffic). Most recent instance of even more NJ-DOT (or Middlesex DOT? Or North Brunswick DOT?) idiocy was observed on 03/24/2019.
  • Middlesex County, Monmouth Juction: The traffic light controlling crossing traffic over US-1 along New Road will change to red and stop US-1 traffic when there are no cars waiting to cross US-1. Even late at night, cars and trucks along US-1 are forced to stop for no reason to allow non-existen cars to cross US-1 at New Road. No doubt the guests at the Days Inn, just to the west of US-1 along New Road, appreciate all the extra road noise this causes in the middle of the night, and the residents of the Monmouth Junction area overall appreciate all the extra pollution which this light, and all the other poorly timed/purposely sequenced lights which needlessly stop traffic late at night as a result of the typically brain-dead local or state government which is tasked to operate the lights. Most recently observed on 03/24/2019.
  • Middlesex County, South Brunswick Township: A traffic signal located at the JCT of Deans Rhode Hall Rd/CTY-610 and US-130 will change from a green signal to a red light for no reason. Further, it favors the cross traffic rather than US-130. Most recently observed on 01/12/2013.
  • Middlesex County, South Brunswick: A traffic signal changes from green to red for no apparent reason at the JCT of US-130 and CTY-610/Henderson Rd. Most recent instance occurred on 01/23/2012.
  • Middlesex County, South Brunswick: A traffic signal changes from green to red for no apparent reason at the JCT of US-130 and NJ-32. Most recent instance occurred on 12/05/2010.
  • Middlesex County, South Brunswick Township: A traffic signal located at the JCT of US-1 and Blackhorse Lane changes from green to red for absolutely no reason. Most recent instance observed on 12/03/2012.
  • Middlesex County, South Brunswick Township: A traffic signal located at the JCT of US-1 and Deans Lane changes from green to red for absolutely no reason. Most recent instance observed on 12/03/2012.
  • Middlesex County, South Brunswick Township: The traffic signal on US-130 at teh JCT with Independence Road (the first light immediately south of the US-1/US-301 split) changes to red for no reason in the middle of the night when there is no crossing traffic along Independence. Do the homeowners nearby like hearing cars and trucks brake and then accelerate in the middle of the night? Or breathe in all the extra pollution while they sleep? Apparently no one minds that the light on Independence is helping lower the quality of living there... Most recent instance observed on 09/12/2019.
  • Somerset County, Branchburg: At the JCT of US-202 and Mill Town Rd, a traffic signal changes color for no reason. Most recent instance occurred on 02/22/2011.
  • Somerset County, Bridgewater: A traffic signal on US-202 at the JCT of Towns Center Drive is sequenced to ensure that motorists stop. It is a very brief but still unnecessary stop. Most recent instance occurred on 08/22/2011. Given their extensive Thinking Green initiative, it seems odd that malfunctioning traffic signals are apparently so easily overlooked.
  • Somerset County, Raritan: Traffic light located at the JCT of westbound US-202 and Milltown Rd. (just west of the Wegmans) purposely changes from green to red when it senses oncoming motorists at any time of night so as to force a stop to traffic. This is a surprising (sarcasm, of course...) development as Raritan is a participant New Jersey's Green Acres program. Typical of the hypocrisy of many local governments, they're very quick to use environmentalism to err... "encourage" residents to make extra efforts to recycle garbage or what not, but when it comes to a simple and easy way to stop pollution, such as not stopping traffic in the middle of the night for no reason, well, that they can't be bothered with! This light has been needlessly stopping motorists and impeding the free flow of traffic for years, but of course nothing is ever done to remedy the problem. (And then they also station a local policeman there to catch people who are induced into speeding to beat the idiotic and wasteful light...and of course the town is no doubt convinced at how righteously correct they are! -- the money from the tickets is --of course-- a distant secondary consideration!) Most recent instance occurred on 01/04/2019. Update 04/21/2019 - It seems on a recent trip late at night that this light was no longer -- could it be that someone there at the town actually did something correct and proper and did their job to make sure traffic didn't needlessly stop at a light? We'll have to test on future trips, but it's a welcome improvement if true (...but we're not holding our breath! :) )
  • Union County, Elizabeth: A signal located at the JCT of US-1 and CTY-610/Rhodes Hall Rd changes color for no reason for oncoming US-1 traffic. Most recent instance occurred on 09/06/2010. Given the town's aggressive Go Green! campaign, this traffic signal is especially auspicious.
  • Warren County, Robbinsville: A traffic signal located approximately one mile south of the JCT of NJ-33 and US-130 seems to exist for the sole purpose of stopping vehicular traffic. The signal appears to detect oncoming traffic and will display a red light to briefly stop it. This is a phenomenon that occurs during peak traffic hours as well 2:00 am. Most recent instance occurred on 08/11/2008, reported to New Jersey Dept of Transportation in Warren County on 08/14/2008. No disposition as of yet.
  • New York
  • Columbia County, Hillsdale: At the JCT of NY-22 and NY-23, at the center of town, there is an idiotic little traffic light which in the middle of the night, when there is more or less no traffic, evey 25 seconds or so changes aspect, controlling non-existant traffic and on occasion stopping a lone motorist on NY-22 or NY-23. Instead of flashing yellow North/South traffic on NY-22 (which likely gets a few more cars than NY-23 overnight), and flashing red on NY-23 (East/West), the signal arbitrarily stops motorists and trucks, mainly on NY-22. Most recently observed: 08/16/2019
  • Dutchess County, Larangeville: CTY-21/Noxon Road at the intersection with Robinson Road (heading south) and Old Noxon Road (heading west), at the Noxon Road Elementary School. The traffic light controlling this intersection turns red along Noxon Road (the main road with the preponderance of traffic) even when there is no cross-traffic waiting, or left turning traffic heading off of Noxon Hill Rd. As a heavily used road coming off/feeding into the Taconic State Parkway, stopping vehicles needlessly along Noxon Hill results in backups and added pollution for the area which CTY-21/Noxon Rd. travels through as it parallels NY-55 to the north. Most recently observed: 05/02/2019.
  • Westchester County, Yonkers: A traffic signal located approximately 500 ft. north of where NY-100 south crosses under I-87 and approximately a quarter mile south of where NY-100 crosses over the Sprain Brook Parkway near the Bronx River Parkway. The signal appears to cycle every 30 seconds or so irrespective of the time of night or whether the current traffic pattern even requires it. These traffic signals are used as a replacement for a U-turn which used to be located in this area. Several years ago, motorists coming north on NY-100 who wanted to change over to the southbound side had to make a U-turn in the area where NY-100 goes under I-87. However, a large tanker truck once went in there at approximately 40mph, overturned and burned down the entire overpass. The traffic signals were thus installed as a replacement approximately 500 ft. north of there and now matters are obviously worse. Most recently observed on 02/18/2013.
  • Pennsylvania
  • Chester County, Longwood (Kennet Township): Along US-1, just north (compass direction east) of where the US-1 Kennet-Ofxord bypass (a freeway from Longwood south/west all the way to the Maryland line) ends, US-1 passes through a shopping area west of Longwood Gardens, with a 24-hour Walmart, a Giant (Carlyle-side of the chain), and where there used to be a 24-hour Superfresh/A&P (before the chain was raided and driven into bankruptcy). At the lowest point of US-1 in Longwood, Bayard Rd. crosses US-1, which provides access to a Wawa market on the north side of US-1 and, at night, very light traffic to the south. However, for some reason, Kennet town officials (since Longwood is unincorporated) seem to light playing games with the light, which turns red to stop traffic on US-1 every 20 or so seconds. So, all night long, where there is no traffic at all on Bayard, the light turns red for no reason, forcing motorists and trucks to stop -- on a downhill! -- and then throttle back up when the light turns green to get up the hill. While there don't seem to be too many houses nearby to hear the air-braking of the trucks heading down the hill, nor to inhale and smell the car exhaust and truck diesel fumes which haven't been fully combusted and will make a nice coating to anyone's lungs in the vicinity, one has to wonder what sort of incompetence permeates the town or administration which actually runs the lights? Doesn't the town even bother to check these things? And even when people complain about it and the light seems temporarily fixed, a few weeks or a month go by, and the Bayard Rd. signal is back to it's old tricks. One has to wonder if Kennet Township has some recycling or environmental conservation program which they spend taxpayers' money on, when a signficiant point-source of pollution could be immediately remedied (at no cost to taxpayers, but why should they care about things like that?) by simply correcting the Bayard Road light. This has been going on for maybe 15 years, so one would expect even the most dim-witted of town administrations (admittedly a highlycompetitive market!) to be able to correct such a simple issue. Last occurred on 03/12/2019.
  • Delaware County, Chester: The traffic signal at Featherbed Lane changes color for no reason on US-322 approximately three or four miles north of the JCT of US-322 and I-95, and about 2 miles south of the JCT of US-322 and US-1. US-322 is being "upgraded" to a 4 lane road with lights (it could have been a freeway but PennDOT claims locals opposed it; not sure why since it would have bypassed a number of bottlenecks and been built away from the current US-322 in many areas; the name of the road is also perhaps indicative of the construction process which seems to be taking an inordinantly long time to complete!), so perhaps the signal is temporarily timed with no sensors due to all the construction, and hopefully it will be corrected (or removed vis a vis an overpass) when the US-322 project is completed. Last observed: 01/09/2019.
  • Delaware County, Concordville: A traffic signal located at the intersection of US-322 and Evergreen Dr. changes for no reason. It only happens on the south side when driving on US-322. Most recent instance occurred on 10/04/2010. This appeared to have been corrected by Concord as of 03/15/2011. However, it happened once again on 12/14/2012.
  • Delaware County, Concordville: The traffic light US-1 and Brinton Lake Blvd. for controls an intersection which has very little traffic at night crossing US-1, yet regularly changes to stop US-1 traffic and favor (non-existant) traffic on US-1. Additionally, after completing the Brinton Lake aspect, the signal continues to block US-1 traffic by allowing left turn movements from US-1 (N/B and S/B) to Brinton Lake, enve if there are no cars waiting to make said turn(s). A completely wasteful and foolish signal needlessly slowing down traffic in the middle of the night, which no doubt contributes towards making the air quality in Chadds Ford even more polluted and delightful for all those who live there! Delaware County operates a green pages/environmental awareness campaign so this foolishly run traffic light seems especially unnecessary and typically hypocritical of a town which claims to be so environmentally concerned...or, typically of many local governments, they just really don't care about providing rational, common-sense services and administration. Last observed: 01/09/2019.
  • Delaware County, Concordville: A traffic light at US-1 and State Farm Rd/Applied Bank-Card Way will change color/aspect for no apparent reason, even in the middle of the night. US-1, as noted above, is a major N/S (directionally east-west in the local area) arterial route, while State Farm/Applied bank serves a couple of strip malls and drive up banks straddling US-1 on either side. At night, no one is shopping, yet the signal changes and forces free-flowing traffic along US-1 to stop and wait for non-existant cars on State Farm/Applied Way to cross - there is thus no need for the light to change. US-1 is heavily used by trucks in the area, and having traffic stop for no reason just leads to more pollutants being spewed out from the trucks each time the stop and start, which no doubt does wonders for the air-quality and good respiratory health of the residents of Concrodville and all the shoppers at the Concordville Town Center and other stores along US-1 and the Concord Pike. Your taxes at work paying for officials who allow this nonsense to go on day after day, week after week, month after month! Most recently observed on 01/09/2019.
  • Delaware County, Radnor Township/Villanova (which straddles Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County): In the general area of the Main Line (US-30), between JCT PA-320 heading west along US-320 for about 1/2 a mile to JCT I-476/"The Blue Route" (anti-highway protests kept the much needed Philadelphia half-beltway from being built for so long that it was for a long time just a blue route on a map, hence "The Blue Route; when it was finally finished in 1990 or so it was many times more expensive than if it had been built without all the uneeded opposition, since PA-320 simply couldn't handle all the traffic) has some of the worst timedsignals in Eastern Pennsylvania. Recently, it took 5 minutes to get from Villanova to I-476 south, a distance of 1/2 a mile, at 2AM, with no traffic! Why? Besides the "no right on red" from PA-320 south to US-30 west, and the poorly timed light controlling the intersection on PA-320 and US-30 (as well as the inrregular intersection), once a motorist gets on US-30 west, there are three sets of lights, all of which seem to change to red in sequence to prevent a motorist from quickly proceeding to I-476. In the middle of the night, there is no reason for any of these lights to no "flash yellow" for US-30 E/W traffic, and "flash red" for PA-320 and other cross-street and I-476 ramp traffic. So, it takes 5 minutes to go half a mile due to the ridiculous traffic lights on the Main Line at Villanova. Last observed: 06/14/2019.
  • Virginia
  • Arlington County, Pentagon City: On Army-Navy Drive, which parallels I-395 on its south side in the Pentagon City area, the traffic signal just east of the Pentagon City Mall controlling the intersection with South Fern Street seems by some foolish design to change to red and stops east-west traffic just as signals to both the east (at South Eads Street) and to the west of it (at South Hayes Street) turn green. Many times, late at night, traffic exiting from the "secret" southbound ramp off of the VA-110 freeway (which primarily loops to I-395 heading north to DC, but also has an exit to Army/Navy Drive heading west), or other general traffic just heading west from Crystal City will be stopped at the South Eads Street signal (which itself could likely suffice with just a flashing yellow/red late at night), and after S. Eads turns green to, traffic will be immediately stopped a few hundred feet down the road by the next signal (west) at South Fern. On most nights, after the mall closes, the area is deserted, and there are barely any cars out driving from 11PM to maybe 5AM, and the signal at S. Fern is particularly aggregious in preventing the smooth flow of the limited traffic in the evening and overnight. Most recently observed: 04/24/2019
  • Fairfax County, Tysons Corner: A traffic signal located at the JCT of Gallows Rd/VA-650 and Idlewood changes color for no reason. The signal is apparently more frequently green for Idlewood, an east/west road with relatively little traffic compared to VA-650. It is programmed in such a way that it has Idlewood traffic (of which there is frequently little, especially late at night) gets a green light and a left turn signal so that even westbound Idlewood traffic has to stop. Upon reaching the intersections, motorists on Gallows Rd must wait 30 seconds for a completely unnecessary stop. Most recent instance occurred on 04/10/2011. Fairfax County operates a planning commission tasked with minimizing pollution, among other things, so this seems to be a strange oversight.
  • Fairfax County, Tysons Corner: A series of traffic lights along VA-123/Chain Bridge Rd, from south of the JCT with VA-7 (and the VA-123 overpass) to Old Courthouse Road, to Horse Shoe Drive serve to needlessly stop vehicles when there is no cross traffic on either/any of the above roads crossing VA-123. For example, cars proceeding north on VA-123 from Vienna (and passing through the needlessly slow 25 MPH speed-trap zone just north of the town) will generally be forced to stop at the (northern) JCT/intersection of Horse Shoe Road and VA-123, even when there is no traffic on Horse Shoe Rd. waiting to cross over or enter onto VA-123. Then, after beeing needlessly stopped on Horse Shoe, a few hundred feet to the north, at Old Courthouse, the signal turns red just as cars are picking up speed from the (needless) Old Horse Shoe red signal, forcing another stop. Then, after the Courthouse signal turns green for VA-123, cars are again stopped at Boone Blvd, and of course when, again, there are no cars waiting to cross or enter from Boone. So in what would normally be a situation with sequenced green lights during the day, or flashing yellow lights at night, for whatever reason, the lights along VA-123 just north of Vienna and south of the Tysons VA-7 interchange force motorists to stop needlessly three times in about 1250 ft of road for no reason at all! And, before anyone at the town of McClean or VDOT or whoever handles the lights on VA-123 in that area can say "We never noticed it...", we'll just note that it's been that way for, oh, 12 years or so, so one would think that someone would have "noticed" it!. Most recent instance occurred on 05/10/2019.

  • Corrected Problems

    The following were problem areas but have apparently been corrected and/or no longer suffer from regular/repeated unnecessary changes from green to red traffic signals.

    Connecticut

  • Fairfield County, Brookfield: At the current end of the still incomplete US-7 freeway (it was initially supposed to go to Canada, then New Milford, and now it just ends at the northern end of Brookfield, typical of Connecticut's inability to get any roads built anymore), at the JCT of US-7/US-202 where the freeway stops and the US-7 "aterial" begins (read: where the police hide at night all the time to stop people ostensibly for driving too fast which would not have been the case if the freeway were built), a traffic signal controls the intersection which appears to be either badly timed or (and this hasn't been tested) is set to turn red when approached from either the south or the north to ensure that motorists stop at the signal. Again, this is even late at night, when the US-202 aspect of the signal could just flash red (there is little traffic late at night from US-202/old US-7 to the US-7 freeway south or te US-7/US-202 arterial north), so why the signal so blindly enforces a stop (and a long one at that!) at the northern end of the US-7 is confounding. Is the town of Brookfield trying to help local brake shops in the area? Does ConnDOT want to prove that the freeway needs to be continued north by having pollution levels in the area go up? (And for that matter, WHY was a traffic light even put in there when an additional intechange could have been instead and just north of the interchange end the freeway instead? Does it make sense to end a freeway with a red light, or to more gradually slow down the traffic? But this is CT, where so many freeways just end (I-384 to US-6 for example, or US-6's Willimantic bypass' western end) and are never finished, that this shouldn't surprise any Conn resident. First observed: July 2011 / Nost recently observed: 09/16/2018. Update - as of Dec 2018, it seems ConnDOT ore the Town of Brookfield or whomever maintains the signal may have changed this, and late at night, the signal favors US-7 traffic and stays green along the US-7 aspect until someone needs to access US-202. On January 6th, 2019, the signal was again observed actually operating properly - US-7 traffic normally received a green and would only turn red for US-202 traffic. If this is correct, and the issue has been resolved, this entry will be moved to the relatively sparse 'corrected' section of this list. 03/19/2019 update - signal still seems to be properly favoring US-7 traffic and not needlessly stopping traffic. This will be moved to the corrected section after one final subsequent favorable observation. Yes, in fact this appears to be corrected after a number of drive-throughs, so good for whoever finally fixed the signals and got them working to help, and not needlessly delay, US-7 traffic! Signal is OK and functioning properly to control traffic as of 04/25/2019.

  • New Jersey

  • Middlesex County, Cranbury: A traffic signal problem exists on US-130 at the JCT of Station Rd/CTY-615. Should a motorist drive on the shoulder of US-130, the signal will not transition from green to red. However, should a driver stay in the road properly, the signal will turn red. This only happens from the south while proceeding north on US-130. Most recent instance occurred on 11/30/2011. As a participant in the state's Green Acres program, one would think the town of Cranbury would be more aware of problems such as this. As of 06/26/2012, this traffic signal may have been corrected. Further tests will ensue but it may have finally been improved. It seems to have been fixed for many years now, and of 12/2018, no longer seems to be an issue. Let's hope it stays that way! Considered repaired as of 12/10/2018.
  • Mercer County, Robbinsville: A signal located that JCT of US-130 and Gordon Rd transitions from green to red just before arriving at the light late at night, even when there are no cross-traffic implications, the left turn lane forces motorists to stop. Especially pernicious is that the light turns from green to red for northbound traffic on US-130 and then delays northbound traffic even more when the southbound left turn lane receives a green signal (even if no traffic is present in that turn lane). There is simply no reason for this phenomenon. Last occurred on 11/29/2011. Reported to Matt at the New Jersey Dept of Transportation on 07/05/2011. As of 06/26/2012, this traffic signal may have been corrected. Further tests will ensue but it may have finally been improved. Considered to be repaired as of 10/28/2012. But - as of May 2019, the Gordon Road signal seems to back to it's old tricks - in the middle on the night, without a single car on the road, the light stops northbound traffic on US-130 for the southbound left turning aspect, even though there are no cars turning!. So northbound cars and trucks sit by idling and polluting due to a broken traffic light which has been reported 8 years ago and apparently can't be kept in working order. Last observed: 07/14/2019.

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