This quote from an IDOT official was made on October 2nd, when a new set of stoplights was installed at Park and Vandalia (Shop N Save). This set of lights competes with the longtime lights at Wycliffe and Vandalia 100 yards or so south.
"We have tried to time it so they (drivers) will get a green light at one intersection if they get it at the other, or will get one pretty quickly, but we'll continue to work on it and get better."
Well it isn't better and truthfully, it's a pretty bad situation. The traffic backs up northbound to Main Street on some parts of the day and southbound can back up to the American Legion. The red light north and south at Wycliffe is way too long and drivers sit through several sequences of red lights before they finally get through. Northbound gets their own light as does southbound and the one lone westbound gets the same. The eastbound at Wycliffe is closed. I put my stopwatch on the red light one day last week and it was close to a full minute of red which is too long when you consider very few cars are on the east west Wycliffe since one side is totally closed off now. In that minute cars traveling Vandalia really back up and sit through two to three series.
I learned this week to turn at the Milk Store and head over to Keebler and then over to Morrison or Center if I need to go uptown to Main Street or church. Certainly it is to be hoped they take one of those lights away. Or something.
The wait time at this intersection is giving the intersection of Clayton and Skinker a run for its money and there is much more traffic at the Missouri site, and, the reds aren't as long as the reds on Vandalia.