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Traffic Light Out at Busy Clarendon Intersection

by ARLnow.com December 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm 5,153 21 Comments

The traffic signal at the busy intersection of Washington Boulevard and N. Highland Street in Clarendon has gone dark due to an isolated power outage.

We’re hearing that the light is expected to remain out of service overnight.

Police have reportedly set up cones in the intersection’s turn lanes in order to allow traffic to move more smoothly. As a reminder, any non-functioning traffic signal should be treated as a four-way stop.

Photo via Google Maps

  • YTK

    Why no traffic cop?

    • Itsfaerymagick

      Seriously. Having to walk that way home everyday is already dangerous. This is going to make things even more interesting. Hopefully they’ll have a cop there for rush hour.

    • RCW

      That isn’t a picture “live from the scene.” Lyon Hall isn’t built yet and the trees are green. Most likely google maps street view from 2 summers ago.

  • novasteve

    What’s with the third world electricity we have here?

    • MC

      Seriously, Dominion is starting to rival Pepco for poor reliability. There have been a spate of outages in recent weeks and months, quite noticeable. Outages not caused by bad weather.

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    oh man! this is screaming “Man vs Car”

    There’s going to be more assaults on cars!

  • Burger

    I am glad you state that non-functioning traffic light acts like a 4 way stop. But, how bout telling people that a flashing yellow light is a “yield” not a stop sign and those with a flashing “yellow” have right away.

    Honesty, people are so clueless when they come to this situation.

    • Humbug

      You’re obviously right that those with the flashing yellow have the right of way. You should rethink your word choice, though, since “yield” necessarily means that others have the right of way.

      From the driver’s manual: “A flashing yellow light means slow down and proceed with caution. Flashing yellow lights are at locations with higher-than-normal hazardous conditions.”

      …I’ll let myself out

  • DSS10

    Betcha this won’t get the police out of their cruisers….

  • I drove this intersection today on Highland, watching after car after car on Wash. Blvd speeded right through the dark intersection, completely ignoring “four-way stop” admonition. Drivers locally here are beyond discourteous; they are RUDE and dangerous.

    • novasteve

      Why do I get hell for pointing out the incompetence of the drivers here?

      • John Fontain

        Because you nonsensically attribute it to automatic transmissions?

  • bemused bystander

    As of an hour ago, police had set up cones to divert Highland St. traffic to right turns only. This minimizes collisions but maximizes confusion and odd turns at nearby intersections. No police were visible when I was there.

  • John Fontain

    [Updated 3:45 p.m. ET] In a message on its website, the university knocked down what it called “unfounded” reports of additional gunshots reported heard since the original shooting, saying “there are no new substantiated reports of suspicious or criminal activity.”

    Also, sounds like the 2nd ‘victim’ may be the shooter himself.

    • John Fontain

      The first paragraph above is from CNN.

  • Charlie

    Zimmies fault

  • Wiseass

    If a non-functioning signal is treated as an all stop, does this mean everyone has to stop at Wilson Blvd and Wakefield St for the next month until that signal is placed in service?

    • Smart

      No, if you look at it you can see there is a burlap cover on it. This means the traffic signal can be ignored. It’s only when it is functioning, or should be functioning, that you need to stop.

  • novasteve

    Oh and of course most of the people not using the off lights correctly drive automatics.

    Check out this old advertisement about how they marketed automatic transmissions in the past… “simple driving”


  • Benji

    N2N Fiber Company damaged the Power line on the 10th and N. Highland St. around 10.00 Am, resulted in power outage to six businesses and the traffic lights. Dominion Power was notified, however they need it the underground crew to work on it over night.

  • brendan

    How did the county not put a traffic cop here?

    Heavy pedestrian traffic combined w/ limited lighting and confused drivers…?? Drove through there last night and it was a dangerous mess.

    Gross negligence on behalf of the police department and the County. You could probably even bill the time/cost to N2N or whomever the responsible party was.

    Seriously, this county spends millions on some of the stupidest crap imaginable, from ipads for students to stainless steel and granite kitchens in county offices, not to mention $600,000+ per unit of affordable housing — but they still can’t manage to address the most basic public safety concerns. PATHETIC.


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