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Published: Thursday, March 13 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Ya... I'm pretty sure the Mayor never thought of asking the "traffic engineers" to check the traffic lights. Only Frank Overfelt thought of that.

They Mayor doesn't control the traffic lights. And the Mayor doesn't have a staff of "traffic engineers". You would need to contact UDOT (yes even for city streets).

Before you write to the DMN you may want to try something on our own. They have a website (google "UDOT" I can't post the URL here). Or go out to the Traffic Operations Center (on Pioneer Road and about 2100 South). They love to give tours and would show you the tools they use to control traffic lights. Tell them all about it. But easier yet... contact them from their website and tell them about it.

UDOT recently conducted a survey where people could report intersections with problems. Maybe you didn't see that.

If that doesn't work... try Get Gephart... But I don't know if writing a letter to the DMN is going to fix anything.

Noodlekaboodle
Poplar Grove, UT

I'm not sure what Mayor Becker is supposed to do about the light at Van Winkle and 56th, considering that is part of Millcreek or Murry and not SLC.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Noodlekaboodle,
Even in SLC the Mayor doesn't control the traffic lights. UDOT does.

Whether it's grand SLC, or humble Murray or Holladay... streets big enough to have a traffic light are State Roads, maintained by UDOT. SLC does not have their own traffic engineers. Neither does Murray or Holladay or Cottonwood Heights.

Contact UDOT, or contact the city (which will contact UDOT). But complaining to the opinion page is useless (unless all you want to do is complain, or get others moaning about it).

Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

Driving through Lehi a few years ago, I was disappointed with the timing of three consecutive lights. I emailed Lehi city, who told me it was a UDOT concern; but the staff was proactive enough to forward my email to UDOT. Within a few hours I had an engineer emailing me asking me for more information; and they did find a syncing problem and corrected it.

A little after, I was annoyed with the left turn into my home. I wrote UDOT asking if they could implement a solid green in addition to the arrow, because traffic coming from the West really only occured in the morning (on the way to work). Within a day or two I was emailed back saying they would conduct a traffic safety study to see if it was feasible. Within a month, I had what I call "my light"

Bottom line, I have found that if you approach the city, or UDOT with your specific traffic concerns, and a possible better solution, they are pretty responsive. Writing the editorial page of the local newspaper may not get you the results you want.

River Dog
Salt Lake City, UT

From some of the comments here, a civil attitude along with contacting the right agency or people goes a long way. Being courteous and helpful with your comments goes a long way.

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