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The light that doesn't change

Posted Thursday, April 8, 2010, at 11:10 AM

Want to spend time doing nothing? Just drive to Whitthorne Street and pull up to the light at Madison Street (next to the trophy store, facing the old Taco Bell.)

I've been the only vehicle stopped at that light several times over the past year or two, and each time I sat...and sat...and sat while the light cycled through green several times for the other three sides. I've sat there watching the glowing red light while there was no traffic nearby in any other direction.

I've even tried backing up and pulling back forward, just to see if the light's detector would trigger. No luck.

I'm not sure if vehicles are detected at that intersection by utility pole-mounted cameras or wires under the pavement. Whichever it is, apparently it doesn't detect my vehicle. And I'm not too far forward or back, but at the natural location one would stop.

Is anyone else having the same problem? I've also wondered if the light changes when more than one vehicle is backed up there.

Eventually I just turn right instead of waiting any longer to go straight.

Last night I decided to see how long it would go but got impatient after several minutes. Whatever the problem is, apparently no one's going anywhere fast there.

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As soon as you run it and get pulled over, it'll change :)

-- Posted by Thom on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 2:37 PM

I got this e-mail this afternoon from Lynn Wilhelm, administrative assistant at Shelbyville Power:

"Saw your Blog, had our Electrical Engineer go out and check it, the camera that sees "the cars" had gotten moved (maybe the wind, or maybe someone had hit the pole) anyway it has been corrected and should work okay."

That's fast action. For the record, I'd never contacted the city about the light because I don't go through that intersection that often from that direction. I've seen the city take quick action several times before when people notify them of a problem.

-- Posted by David Melson on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 3:47 PM

My experience with Shelbyville Power when I lived there was always positive.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 4:01 PM

The power of the pen, David...well, the keyboard in this case. That's awesome that they got out there and fixed it already.

-- Posted by Thom on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 4:25 PM

Must be that vast, right wing conspiracy, huh David?

-- Posted by BobBobBob on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 1:08 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.