St. Louis Streets Department warns citizens of “twisted” traffic signals

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by Adam McDonald / KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 29 at 9:39 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The City Streets Department is warning citizens to be aware of “twisted” traffic signals.

The department cites a recent case at the intersection of Kingshighway and Lindell in the Central West End.

“In this case, people were blasting through and it could have been very bad,” said City Streets Director Todd Waelterman. “On every corner, you have a head. Sometimes those trucks turn those corners and they rub the head. They don’t knock it down, but they simply turn the head and bend it.”

Waelterman says the Streets Department works on more than 400 intersections in the city, but also relies on citizens notifying them of any issues with traffic signals. Waelterman also says their response is quick when citizens notify them of an issue.

“We’re there within an hour,” Waelterman said. “That’s a very safety, sensitive, critical thing. We drop what we’re doing and we go fix it.”

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