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Thursday, October 28, 2010

5th & Sherman Light Flashes Now

The City of Coeur d'Alene wants you to know that the signal at 5th Street and Sherman Avenue in Coeur d'Alene has been intentionally put on flash to help make the intersection more efficient. The signal is over 20 years old and is not traffic-actuated, therefore must run on a predetermined time which does not respond to actual traffic volumes or movement.

Because of this, vehicles moving east and west tend to sit at a red light when there is no cross traffic, which is both frustrating and inefficient. Using a flashing yellow signal where 5th intersects Sherman Avenue, and a flashing red on 5th Street where it intersects Sherman, will allow cross traffic to proceed when there is a sufficient gap and not have to wait for a “green light.”

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

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