ANDERSON — A technician for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) on Monday discovered a broken sensing device at the 53rd Street traffic signal, an agency spokesman said.
Technicians were inspecting the traffic signal after a Daleville resident, Monte Clymer, complained to The Herald Bulletin that the eastbound and westbound left turn signals at Scatterfield Road were not working properly because they were only letting about four cars through at a time.
Other readers complained about similar problems at other Scatterfield Road Intersections, including Charles and 38th streets, after reading a story about the 53rd Street traffic light problems.
The Greenfield District for INDOT, which includes Madison County, is responsible for the operation of approximately 539 traffic signals in the region. Harry Maginity, media relations director for the district, said the department depends on reports from residents to advise the agency of traffic light problems.
"Customer complaints are good if things go bad out in the field," Maginity said. "Those motorist calls are important to help us keep equipment working properly."
Clymer said short traffic lights are "pretty maddening," and it's an issue he's raised before with INDOT. He was glad on Monday to hear that officials had found and fixed the problem.
"I just know it's nice to have traffic lights that work properly," said Clymer, who spends about half the year living in Florida where he says traffic lights work more effectively than they do here in Indiana.
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Who to call If you're concerned that a traffic signal on a state road or highway in Madison County isn't working properly, contact the Indiana Department of Transportation Greenfield District at: 1-855-463-6848, or on the Internet at: firstname.lastname@example.org For concerns about traffic signals in Anderson, call the city's engineering department at: 648-6118.