It looks like the city of Akron has too many traffic signals, about 100 to be exact.
Andy Davis, the city's Traffic Signal Engineer, says it takes about three months for the intersection to be put on a flasher, then studied for possible removal. It's put on "flash mode" and they take comments from the public, while still monitored for any additional crashes.
Davis says, "Having a signal doesn't necessarily always make things safer, so we want to make sure we have them in where they're needed, and where they're not needed that we remove them so it does maintain safety".
He says the reduction is based on the city's population numbers, and the city has an abundance of signals. The signals are studied based on crash history, traffic counts for volumes, sight lines for drivers, and any other pertinent information needed.
When signals are removed, each one is treated differently. Davis says some will have a four-way stop, some will have a two-way stop, and others will end up with a four-way stop with a "flasher".
They're looking to reduce the signals over a four-year period. Davis says not only to they save the city maintenance and electricity costs when they're taken down, but also on costs for drivers if it leads to fewer accidents.
He estimates the lifetime maintenance for one signal, over 25 years, to be about $2200 per year, but the costs not necessarily seen are the costs of crashes for drivers.
The city is placing 7 signals on "flash mode" in the next couple weeks, Bellows & Cole, Cole & Grant, Beck & Exchange, Dodge & Exchange, Delia & Exchange, Bowery & Cedar, and Main & Voris.