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.
They just redid that bridge. Fat chance they’ll be doing anything to that intersection for a while.
That was my point. If there’s an issue with the new timing after the construction, it should be addressed. Anywho…
I dont know if you’ll get an answer, but issues with traffic light timing can be reported to D. Cunningham at Arlington County.
Glebe and 50 are both State highways, so you’ll want http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp
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.
VDOT says the traffic signals on the bridge are maintained locally.
Thanks for the updates…I’m glad to see I’m not the only person who noticed this
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.
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.
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.
Traffic is bad, get over it. Leave the signal timing to the professionals. The last thing Arlington needs the advice of some amateur.
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, 1 month ago by JonBoy.
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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