Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Newly-activated Bethesda traffic signal gets the green light (Video/photos)

The new traffic signal on Arlington Road that lit up last week is now fully operational, and stopping traffic. In addition to the signals themselves, you'll notice the strict directional arrow that controlled turns out of the Bradley Shopping Center has been rubbed off the pavement. That means you can turn either way coming out of there with the new signal.

Here's a video of the signal in action, and some additional photos:





27 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is the kind of in-depth reporting you just don't get other places

Robert Dyer said...

5:24: You're right - this important public safety story has been covered here from beginning to end.

George said...

Glad they put a light in here!

Anonymous said...

Yes it has and thank you Robert. You are a true public servant

Anonymous said...

Who can afford 7001? Not me :( ... Why am I so poor?

George said...

Really would be great for more affordable housing to come in to the area but with land prices so high it's probably cost prohibitive for developers to do so.

I look jealously at the young crowds packing areas like H Street and Arlington...

Anonymous said...

So how is Dyer a "public servant" for "reporting" on a new traffic light that everyone driving along that street can plainly see?

Anonymous said...

6:40 AM: Because he is getting us the information we want to hear not the press releases Bethesda Now and Bethesda Magazine continually regurgitate to please their county masters

Anonymous said...

Dyer's Shill -

You missed my point entirely. You don't need "a county press release" to see that the lights are operational.

Robert Dyer said...

Riemer's shill -

You mean like how drivers didn't need the 2-week notice that Woodmont Avenue was reopening, as standard traffic pattern change protocols call for? Finding out something has changed when you're right on top of it doesn't make the road safer for anyone.

Flynn said...

Just out of curiosity, which in your opinion would have been better. The road was ready to reopen. Delay the opening by 2 weeks to provide public notice or just open it?

Granted of course the reopening was already delayed by a long while. But for whatever reason they decided it was ready and just opened it without further delay it seems.

Flynn said...

They all have their place and value. Robert's man on the street approach is very informative, I find.

Anonymous said...

Robert is the only man among them.

Anonymous said...

Arlington is in no way better than Silver Spring or Bethesda. So, I'm not jealous over here in MoCo.

Anonymous said...

If you've lived here for awhile, then you know this is new light and traffic pattern is a big deal. (Robert is a life long resident, so he probably understands this.)

If you didn't spend your childhood going to Bruce's or utilized Strosniders over the years, etc then you probably don't get it.

If you haven't waiting during the holiday shoppping season while police directed traffic at that entrance, you probably don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Dyer's Shill @ 10:15 AM - "Robert is the only man among them."

LOL, what is that supposed to mean?

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Scott Orkin said...

Tough to see this light coming north on Arlington Rd.

Anonymous said...

Sure it would be nice if we had notice but we all drive in new places all the time and we are fine as long as we are paying attention.

What's the protocol say as the requirement and penalty?

Anonymous said...

A lot drivers are still surprised that there's a crosswalk across Bethesda Avenue where the new garage is.
Hopefully there's no pedestrian collisions, but I've seen close calls.

Robert Dyer said...

Flynn, I think they knew the timeline close enough. Unless people believe that the inspections required to open a structure of that size, and an entirely new roadway, were completed in a few hours one fine morning, there's no reason they should have violated the standard protocols for traffic pattern changes.

Anonymous said...

Dyer whines about anonymous skeptics but he sure is protective of his anonymous shill.

Flynn said...

I'm not sure I agree at all. They tried to meet the original timeline and failed, hence the "opening" signs that didn't actually come to fruition. So it stayed closed a long while longer and suddenly opened.

But instead of us just guessing at it, maybe you are in a better position to ask them for their rationale directly? Thanks Dyer.

Randall said...

I get why some think anonymous commenters are your shills - they defend your honor and perspectives. But why do you think the other anonymous folks are Riemer shills? Most have said nothing pro-Riemer and just talk about you. So how does it become a Riemer shill thing? What's the connection?

Robert Dyer said...

6:08: Readers belong here. The real question is, why are you trolling on a post about a traffic signal? It's embarrassing.

Adkins said...

This stretch of Arlington Road has needed a traffic light for many, many years with all the jaywalkers trying to do their best 50 yard dash instead of walking to the light at Bradley Blvd. Also, it will slow down all the BMW, Audi, and Mercedes nascar drivers flying around the bend in that road. Thank You for the excellent updates Robert!

Anonymous said...

Um, Arlington Road is four 10-foot lanes, or 40 feet wide. That's a 13-yard dash.