Q: On weekday evenings, the traffic signal on westbound Commercial Boulevard at U.S. 1 stays red for as long six to eight minutes after 8 p.m., backing up traffic. I can understand the delay during rush hour but at 8 p.m.? Can anything be done to change this condition?
Walt McDonald, Fort Lauderdale
A: Timing is everything. The signal changes to an off-peak pattern at 8 p.m., which could be the cause of some of the delays.
The transition to a new pattern takes a few signal cycles to complete, said Ed Davis, assistant director of Broward County Traffic Engineering.
U.S. 1 is treated as the main road and gets priority over Commercial Boulevard at this intersection. Therefore, drivers on Commercial will experience a longer wait period during the transition to the off-peak pattern, Davis said.
However, signal technicians did make some adjustments that reduced the wait time so you should notice an improvement.
Q: When will Lyons Road be completed between Atlantic Avenue and Boynton Beach Boulevard? We ride our bikes along this stretch, and it appears all of the pavement work is done, but we hear the road won't open to vehicular traffic until May or June. How is that possible?
Tom Willhite, Boynton Beach
A: It looks complete, but it's not there yet, according to Palm Beach County officials.
Here's what still has to be done on the 3.2-mile segment: Another layer of asphalt, drainage, sidewalks, landscaping, signs and permanent lane striping.
The extension is set to open on schedule in June.
Slowly, Lyons is being stitched together to create another north-south avenue in the western part of Palm Beach County. The last missing link — a one-mile segment north of Lake Worth Road — is unfunded and not expected to be completed any time soon.
Q: What has happened with the traffic signal timing at Dixie Highway and Sample Road in Pompano Beach? I have noticed in the last few weeks a very big backup on Dixie in the mornings and late afternoons. I've timed a full four-minute cycle between lights. Add to that the uncoordinated timing with the adjacent lights north and south on Dixie and that makes for quite the delay. Can't they be adjusted?
Ken Williams Fort Lauderdale
A: Underground utility work, which is closing lanes on Sample Road near the intersection, is the reason for the changes in signal timing.
Green lights were extended longer for drivers on Sample to avoid lengthy backups. That shortened the green lights for Dixie, which is why you're experiencing some delays.
The utility project should be completed by Saturday, and then the signal will be restored to its normal operation.
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