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January 3, 2019

Community Update

by John A. Corella, P.E. – Public Works Director/City Engineer

Every day, motorists encounter and rely upon traffic signals throughout their commutes. These steel poles with their ever changing lights keep drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians safe. There are many components that make up each traffic signal. As the City’s Engineer, I offer the following items that outline their basic components, a few important reasons why we have traffic signals, and some reminders on their safety features.

 

A traffic signal is typically made up of nine components. They are:

• Lantern – This is the component that houses the lamps that are either above or along the side of the road. It is the component that we all see that has the green, red and yellow lens and sometimes arrows. These are also the devices that light up the pedestrian walk and don’t walk symbols. They are now typically lit by LED lights.
• Controller - The controller is the big steel cabinet you see at one corner of the intersection. In it are housed the electrical wiring, racks, computer cards, modems, backup batteries and software devices that detect, time and control the lights you see.
• Target Boards – These are the flat backing boards that the lanterns are fitted in to provide more surface area of visibility for the driver to see.
• Poles – These are the vertical, horizontal and curved steel tubes that the components of the traffic signal are attached to.
• Pole Attachments – These may vary by intersection. These can be cameras, radar devices, pre-emption devices or other detection devices.
• Pedestrian Call Boxes – These are the buttons that a pedestrian will push in order to notify the signals computer/timing system that a pedestrian call request has been made.
• Traffic Loops – These are the detection loops cut into the roadway, that a driver will see as they approach an intersection. These inductive wire loops work to detect a vehicles presence via electromagnetic communication, thus making the signal aware that a metal object (vehicle) is there. (If you are interested on how these induction devices work, this is a good read on the internet as the introduction of these devices provided a significant turning point in traffic signal operations - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Induction_loop).
• Cabling – These are the wires that are over and under the intersection that connect the lanterns (traffic and pedestrian), attachments and pedestrian call boxes to the controller.
• Traffic Signal Safety Light - This is the street light, connected to the traffic signal pole that provides illumination for the intersection.

 

Beyond the engineering side, traffic signals ensure the orderly movement of traffic in all directions. In Cathedral City, we have 46 traffic signals with 4 additional traffic and pedestrian signals coming on line within the year. The traffic signals provide opportunities to enter major corridors from side streets, allow bicyclist to share the road, allow pedestrians to cross streets safely and make roadways safe. Further, traffic signals reduce delays, help on high and low volume roads, and above all, reduce conflict and accidents. Remember, the traffic signal is required to draw attention, provide meaning, provide time to respond to traffic conditions and minimize the time wasted when driving. Yes, without the traffic signals, we would waste a lot of our time negotiating through intersections that are not controlled. 

 

Here are a few friendly reminders from the California Driver’s Handbook. A green light means, “GO” and a red light means, “STOP.” A flashing red light means “STOP” and proceed when safe. A yellow light means “CAUTION,” while a flashing yellow means slow down and “PROCEED WITH CAUTION.” You do not necessarily have to stop in this instance.

 

Lastly, I want to emphasize that all these traffic signals work on electricity. The traffic signals within the City all have battery backups, but like all other mechanical and electrical devices, these fail at times. When there is a glitch in traffic signal system, the traffic signal’s programming will revert to a red-light flash mode in which all directions have the red-light flashing. As a motorist you have to “STOP” and proceed with caution. In the rare instances you may approach an intersection that is completely dark (called “Blackout” – there is no power to the signal and the battery backup has failed), you as a motorist must treat this intersection as “STOP” for all directions. Once completely stopped, you may proceed with caution. Please keep in mind that other motorists may not remember how to approach the “blacked out” intersection and you may have to react appropriately.

 

We take pride in the maintenance of the traffic signals here in Cathedral City. If you see a traffic signal flashing or not working properly, we ask you to contact us to let us know by calling Cathedral City Dispatch at (760) 770-0300. We will do our best to address the situation at our earliest opportunity. It is our priority to keep our residents safe, so happy driving!

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