Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Simple ideas

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


To whom it may concern.

Here are a few tips to ease the traffic in Lakewood:

1. Make all left turning signals at the end of the green light instead of before it turns green. This will have a few benefits: if there are no cars left in the turning lane there would be no need for the left arrow to go on, if there are ten cars trying to go straight and one car pulls up in the opposite turning lane all ten cars now have to wait for that one car.
2. Every time there is a green left arrow the perpendicular traffic should have a green right arrow.
3. Central Ave from sunset until rt.9 should be marked that there are clearly two lanes.
4. Clifton Ave southbound from first st to rt. 88 should be two lanes (take away the four spots) and they both should be able to go straight past 88 and past Hurley Ave.
5. If you do step three then you could have two turning lanes from 88 onto Clifton southbound.
6. Make the light on Hope chapel and south lake a blinking light, yellow for Hope chapel traffic and red for south lake traffic.
Response from Mayor Coles:

Thanks you for this list. All have to do with Traffic signals. I asked our engineers to reach out to the appropriate agency to ask about making the changes to the turning signals.

We are already looking at ways to improve both intersections you mentioned.




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  1. That’s a Terrible idea.
    I go that way just to avoid Miller sometimes & I’m soooo happy there’s a regular light there.
    Also. People NEED TO STOP for stop signs. It’s amazing how many people go right through them. Or don’t wait their turn.
    I have 2 new drivers & I take them around town. & I tell them that the person who gets to the stop sign/ blinking red light GOES 1ST. If 1 or more get there @ the same time, then the 1 on the right goes 1st. (I ALSO tell them to be aware of who’s @ the stop/light 1st & who gets there after you…. soo you know when it’s u’r turn!!
    The problem is…. most people DON’T STOP!!
    FOR this reason alone… I wish there where MORE REAL traffic lights , & with left turn signals as well.
    @ least people will hopefully get to where they’re going safely. (Yes it may take a little longer… sooo leave early)

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