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Contacting someone in the traffic planning department?
  • R December 20, 2012 - 10:29 am #61781 Reply

    Does anyone know who/what email to contact to notify the County regarding the intersection at Glebe/50? The lights are poorly timed and cause major backups in the evenings…which could be solved with different timing.



    newty25 December 20, 2012 - 1:14 pm #61802 Reply

    They just redid that bridge. Fat chance they’ll be doing anything to that intersection for a while.

    R December 20, 2012 - 1:28 pm #61807 Reply

    That was my point. If there’s an issue with the new timing after the construction, it should be addressed. Anywho…

    Takato December 20, 2012 - 2:15 pm #61808 Reply

    I dont know if you’ll get an answer, but issues with traffic light timing can be reported to D. Cunningham at Arlington County.



    Chris Slatt January 10, 2013 - 10:45 am #62945 Reply

    Glebe and 50 are both State highways, so you’ll want http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp

    Sunshine January 10, 2013 - 11:02 am #62946 Reply

    Glebe is backed up going north in the morning in this area also. It took me almost 25 minutes yesterday to get from 7th St to the on ramp to 50 west. The lights are definitely not timed right anymore. It never used to take me nearly as long as it does now. This morning I went Carlin Springs to 50 and it was much better for me. I emailed D. Cunningham several weeks ago, got an out of office reply and never heard a word back. Thanks for the VDOT link.

    BPMBA January 10, 2013 - 11:33 am #62948 Reply

    Tweet them at @ArlingtonVA

    Sunshine January 11, 2013 - 9:39 am #63017 Reply

    VDOT says the traffic signals on the bridge are maintained locally.

    R January 11, 2013 - 10:35 am #63023 Reply

    Thanks for the updates…I’m glad to see I’m not the only person who noticed this


    Sunshine January 11, 2013 - 11:22 am #63029 Reply

    It’s been a real headache getting to work in the morning since the bridge was completed. I am exploring other routes for now but that was my preferred way of getting onto 50 in the morning.

    Bella Luna January 11, 2013 - 6:24 pm #63077 Reply

    Hi, I wrote to the CountyBoard@arlingtonva.us in late November last year regarding the water main work on North Glebe and got a reply back from a ‘Design Engineer Team Supervisor’ about two weeks later. About a year or so ago I called the Arlington County Government line (703-228-3000) told them I had a street issue (issue was crosswalk lines needed repainting on Military where my kid had to cross the street) they transferred me appropriately  but the good news was that the repainting was handled within a month’s time. Overall – I give response back an ‘A’ for Arlington.

    JonBoy January 14, 2013 - 11:15 am #63156 Reply

    I don’t go there very often, but yeah, I’ve noticed that those lights are completely screwed up.  There are two quick lights in succession going northbound, and the north one has the green left-turn arrow to 50-W, but nobody goes because everyone is stuck at the south traffic light, which is still red.  And there’s no other green light or traffic light, so I can only assume that someone screwed up the timing.  So there’s the north green light which grants the right of way ahead of every other car out there, but nobody can use the green light because they’re all stuck at the red light that’s quite literally 100 feet south on the other side of the bridge.None of the people making a left-turn on to 50W can make that turn when they’re supposed to.  Bad planning.

    I think someone fell asleep because I don’t remember this problem before the bridge was upgraded, and I don’t think the configuration actually changed.


    aewaiw January 14, 2013 - 3:06 pm #63188 Reply

    Traffic is bad, get over it. Leave the signal timing to the professionals. The last thing Arlington needs the advice of some amateur.

    JonBoy January 14, 2013 - 9:03 pm #63217 Reply

    Mate, that’s nice.  But if you went there, you’d notice that something went wrong.  I’m not complaining about traffic lights anywhere else in the county for very much the reason you exposit, I’m just noticing that something went wrong here.

    The intersection did not change configuration (as far as I remember).  They did change the timing, significantly.  Traffic was bad, but it got tremendously worse as soon as that feature was implemented.  They could go back to the old way they had it intentionally configured and do much better.  We know this from experience. Because I remember the old way, and it seemed to work pretty well from all directions.

    Signals get screwed up all the time for reasons the traffic engineers never had intended.  They may not have even intended it to work the way it’s currently working; someone just goofed up or there was a malfunction.  It happens and the traffic engineers probably aren’t out there surveying all of the lights daily.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  JonBoy.
    R January 14, 2013 - 9:11 pm #63220 Reply

    I’m the originator of this post- I am a planning PROFESSIONAL which is why I asked but thank you for your less than helpful post. Even though it seems quite a few people have noticed who aren’t even trained in this area;)

    I really appreciate everyone else’s input. I haven’t had time to craft an inquiry to the County, but I’ll be try to include a few of your accounts as well.

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