The intersection at Gentile and Main Street had the city's first-ever traffic light, but upgrading it to include protected left-hand turn signals is at least five years overdue, city officials say.
The revised turn signals should finally arrive by early this summer, easing the frustrations of many impatient drivers.City officials said the protected turn signals are definitely needed. A line of cars frequently backs up as far as Church Street waiting to turn left onto Gentile. Last year, the Utah Department of Transportation did the underground sensor work for the signals, but that was all.
Rod Terry, UDOT assistant director for Region One, said the turn signals were delayed because of a scarcity of parts to expand the traffic light. That's now been resolved and he believes work on the project will begin in the next two months.
Layton officials are also anxious for the new traffic signal at Gentile and Wasatch Drive to be activated. That signal is near Commons Park, Layton High and Layton city office. It was installed last fall but has been idle ever since.
Mayor Jerry Stevenson joked it must be some sort of test to determine how long cardboard can last, since cardboard strips have covered the lights since last fall.
Terry's not sure when that light will be activated, but most of the work on it has been done.
Layton isn't the only city with tardy traffic signals. Syracuse has been waiting several years for a traffic light at 2000 West and 1700 South.
Residents attending a March 24 City Council meeting complained again about the delay of a signal there.
Terry said the new signal is currently under design, bids on the work will be taken in June. It should be operational by fall.