Why do I have to wait so long at a traffic signal?
The reason is that many of the arterials in Athens-Clarke County are time coordinated. The goal of coordination is to get the greatest number of vehicles through the system with the fewest stops in a comfortable manner. Therefore, in traffic signal coordination the busiest traffic movements are given precedence over the smaller traffic movements. Once you have entered into the coordinated arterial you should notice more free flowing traffic and a reduction in delay. If you are waiting for a green light to cross the "coordinated" street where there is heavy traffic, you will probably feel like you are waiting for a very long time. In reality, most of ACC's traffic signals require a driver to wait less than 120 seconds and no more than 160 seconds. If you experience unusual timing at an intersection or have questions regarding the particular timing at an intersection, please contact Traffic Engineering at (706) 613-3460 or use one of the links to contact us by e-mail.

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1. How do I get a traffic signal installed?
2. Will a traffic signal reduce crashes at our intersection?
3. How do I get a stop sign installed? (Includes additional signs at existing 2-way stops)
4. Why do I have to wait so long at a traffic signal?
5. So how does Athens-Clarke County time its traffic signals?
6. How do I report a missing or damaged street sign?
7. How can I get my curb painted yellow?
8. What about installing Children at Play signs?
9. Wouldn't additional speed limit signs help to slow traffic?
10. Who maintains traffic signals in Athens Clarke County?
11. Who maintains Flashing School Zone Lights?
12. How do signals for pedestrians work?
13. Is it possible for two conflicting directions of traffic at a signalized intersection to receive green lights at the same time?
14. What happens to Athens Clarke County traffic signals when they lose power?
15. Why does a traffic signal change for no reason when vehicles are not present?
16. What are the cameras at traffic signals for?
17. How much does a traffic signal cost?
18. How do I report a damaged or malfunctioning traffic signal?