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Roadwork to affect traffic signals

Original post made on Apr 27, 2011

As part of the Town of Danville's ongoing pavement rehabilitation project, crews will be working on a section of Camino Tassajara between Crow Canyon Road and Hansen Lane. Motorists may see longer than usual wait times at nearby intersections.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 5:21 PM


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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Apr 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

This doesn't make sense! Due to the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act we are removing sensors that enable traffic signals to respond to traffic load. Reverting to "fixed timing" will increase the amount of time drivers will have to sit with their engines idling and poluting the atmosphere. This is progress? What is left out of the story or is this just another example of your government helping you?

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Posted by guynextdoor
a resident of Danville
on Apr 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

I sense that normal traffic signal operations (including replacing the sensors) will be restored by the beginning of next week.

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Posted by newsjunky
a resident of Danville
on Apr 27, 2011 at 9:25 am

"Normal traffic signal operations are expected to be restored by the beginning of next week."

If this statement is correct, then one might assume the traffic sensors will be replaced so that traffic signal operations will be restored. But, one should never assume anything. A simple call, or email, to the contacts provided should clarify the published information.

Also ... to Jessica Lipsky ...
It's one thing rephrase content from one public website (Web Link ) on another public website( with appropriate crediting ... it's another to investigate and report the news.

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Posted by Geoff Gillette
a resident of Danville
on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

Geoff Gillette is a registered user.

Good morning!

I just wanted to clarify the information we provided regarding the roadwork and their effect on the traffic signals.

As the pavement work is done the sensors will have to be taken out, but they will be replaced. So, while the lights will be on the fixed timing, it will only be in the short term. The sensors should be back up and operational early next week. Apologies for any miscommunication on my part.

Thanks for all your comments!
Have a great day.


Geoff Gillette
Public Information Coordinator
Town of Danville
(925) 314-3336

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

How about Geoff or someone explaining what the "federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU)" is?

Is this why I have to wait 3-6 minutes to turn out of my subdivision onto Camino Tassajara, whereas 10 years ago the same signal would consistently change at 6 seconds?

This "favoritism" of the longer distance traffic, that travels farther and farther up and out Sycamore and Camino Tassajara, at the expense of the residents that chose to buy and live closer to the 680 freeway, is "unfair" and "unequitable" in its own way.

Why should those who bought closer to the freeway (and often longer ago and sooner into Danville) have to spend more and more time waiting to get onto the main roads than we used to, just to facilitate the longer-distance commuting of the newer housing complexes that have gone in over the years...and are still being built?
This emphasis in California--to favor and benefit the long-distance commuter (by forcing carpool lanes, etc)--just encourages more long distance commuting and more inner city ghettos, than not. And it leads more and more to the necessity and justification for "mass transit" developments.
Environmentalists try to tweak society in a way that they think best, only to find out that it leads to other problems.
It would be best to let US--the people--decide where we want to live and how we want to get to work without governmental interference. It's not the job of government to micro-manage our lives and society....and to get bigger and bigger in the areas that it gets involved in.
The longer and harder it is to travel long-distance to get to work, the more incentive it is to live closer (and thereby tolerate or address/solve the problems of living closer).
We don't need environmental wackos to rule our lives according to their (religious) belief system (which has no more validity or real scientific proof to it, than anyone else's beliefs).