Archive for Friday, August 12, 2005

Power surge blamed for traffic signal problems

August 12, 2005

A power surge is being blamed for stoplights not working Friday at Main Street and Fairlane.

The lights began flashing about 8 a.m. Friday, during a rainstorm. Work continued on the lights until they were restored to working order about 6 p.m. Friday.

"It's been a mess," City Administrator Mike Smith said.

Street Superintendent Jeff Focht both said a technician with Total Construction, the company that worked on the problem, said a power surge burned up the signal controller - a main component of a traffic signal that controls when the lights change. Ultimately, Foch said, the controller was replaced.

While the repairs were taking place, Street Division personnel placed temporary stop signs on Fairlane at the intersection; flashing yellow lights hailed traffic on Main Street.

A Lansing Police officer was stationed at the intersection in case traffic needed to be directed.

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