BDN readers: Light at intersection of Stillwater, Broadway causing traffic headaches

Posted Oct. 03, 2012, at 1:46 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The intersection of Stillwater Avenue and Broadway can be the source of traffic backups during rush hour, and Bangor Daily News readers have gone to the See It, Fix It feature on the BDN website to voice their opinions.

Readers can visit the See It, Fix It page to report problems with in their towns and promote problems their neighbors have reported.

In the last six days, five readers have reported issues with the traffic light at the four-way intersection of Broadway and Stillwater Avenue, claiming that the light on the Stillwater side takes too long to change, causing traffic backups.

“It takes a certain amount of time for the lights to go through their cycle,” noted Bangor Public Works Director Dana Wardwell, who advised motorists to be more patient while commuting.

Wardwell said a common problem when a light takes a while to go through a cycle is that vehicles don’t pull up all the way to the stop bar on the road.

Wardwell said the intersection his staff has had the most complaints about is not too far from the one BDN readers aren’t pleased with: another four-way stop at Stillwater Avenue and Essex Street.

“It’s because the stop bar is so far from the crosswalk and the streets are at a weird angle,” Wardwell said, acknowledging that the lights at the intersection can be occasionally slow.

Other roads readers want to see fixed include Route 181 in the Washington County town of Mariaville. They say the road is rough from the Route 180 interchange to Route 9.

Readers also reported that drivers have been speeding on Sherman Avenue in Bangor and that there is rough pavement on Skyway Street in Presque Isle.

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