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Streetsboro -- Eight traffic signals have been put on flashing during the overnight hours for the "convenience" of motorists, Mayor Glenn Broska said.
"We felt we could keep traffic moving better late at night," he said at the July 14 City Council meeting.
Signals were put on flashing from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. at the following intersections about July 10:
• Route 14 and Classic Drive, Home Depot, Staples, Superior Avenue and Portage Pointe Drive.
• Route 303 at Mt. Vernon Drive and Kirby Lane.
• Route 43 and Cherokee Trail.
"We had a request from City Council to turn some of the traffic lights to flashing in order to move some of the traffic through the city late at night," Broska said. "We chose eight of them."
The traffic signals will flash yellow for the primary road, for example, Route 14, and will flash red for the secondary street, for example, Classic Drive, Police Lt. Darin Powers said.
"This allows traffic on the primary road to continue through the intersection without the need to stop," Powers said. "Traffic on the secondary street will stop at the flashing red and treat it as a stop sign. They will be yielding to traffic on the primary road."
Broska said the change is a "convenience" for most motorists.
"For example, on Classic Drive after 9 p.m., there is nobody who really comes out of there," he said.
Broska said police and city leaders will monitor the situation for the safety of residents.
"We'll keep an eye on it," he said. "If we do run into a problem, we'll bring it up for discussion. There was no reason why they couldn't go to flashing. Drivers were waiting an inordinate amount of time."
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