Mayor David Holdaway says it is inconvenient and dangerous for motorists to travel east or west across major streets in Pleasant Grove and has asked the Utah Department of Transportation to install two traffic signals to ease the situation.
UDOT's Division of Safety will conduct studies of the two intersections - Third East and State Street, and Center Street and First East - in March to determine whether traffic signals are warranted, said David Graves, traffic engineer for UDOT District No. 6 in Orem.Graves said 11 criteria are examined to determine whether a traffic signal is needed at an intersection. The key criteria are traffic volume and accident rates. During 1988, there were 11 accidents at the Third East intersection and eight at the First East intersection.
If the Division of Safety recommends installation of signals at the intersections, UDOT would place the locations on a prioritized listing (based on accident rates, traffic volumes and cost-benefit ratios) of intersections in the state awaiting signals. Typically, it takes from one to two years for a traffic signal to actually be installed after an intersection is placed on the priority list.
However, an entity requesting a traffic signal can shorten that wait by agreeing to fund part or all of the costs - approximately $60,000 - of installing the signal.
Graves said three signals have been installed in Utah County during the past several years on a cost-participation basis.
Intersections in Utah County that will get traffic signals during 1989 are:
- 12th North and State Street in Orem.
- Fourth East and Eighth North in Orem.
- Center Street southbound I-15 off-ramps in Orem.
- Ninth East and southbound State Street in Provo.
- Main Street southbound I-15 off-ramps in Spanish Fork.