Green lights less than 10 seconds? SDOT has no plans to change them

Green lights less than 10 seconds? SDOT has no plans to change them

A traffic light that stays green for only 5-6 seconds in some cases and less than 10 seconds in others is causing serious frustration for drivers – and leading to several drivers running red lights on Mercer Street.

And the city doesn’t plan on changes.

Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly said the lights – ones that started with adaptive traffic signal technology seven months ago – are working. He said overall drive times will decrease.

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The problem intersection is at 5th Avenue and Mercer Street. During rush hours, the lights are stating green for only seconds, leaving many drivers frustrated in long left-hand turn lane lines.

On multiple days this month, KIRO 7 saw many drivers running left-turn lights after they turned red there. On KIRO 7 at 5 p.m., see the SDOT director’s reaction when we showed him video of the problem this week.

KIRO 7 reporter Patranya Bhoolsuwan also talked to a transportation expert at the University of Washington for context. In our report at 5:30 p.m., see why he says the adaptive traffic signal is doing its job.

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