traffic signal


Definition of traffic signal

: a signal (such as a traffic light) for controlling traffic

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Two new traffic signals would be installed where Verdugo and Olive meet at the east and west ends. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "No decision made on Olive-Verdugo-Sparks intersection project," 30 June 2018 The nearly 1-mile extension of the Second Avenue bike lane through Belltown, completed earlier this year, cost about $11 million, although 40 percent of that money went to new traffic signals. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "City Council approves new bike-share rules, prompting ofo to leave Seattle," 31 July 2018 Lieber said, with the opening of the new school campus for grades 6-12 scheduled to open on Butternut Ridge Road later this year, some adjustments will be made to traffic signals. John Benson,, "North Olmsted City School District hosts parent drug awareness and prevention program," 14 May 2018 As Vision Zero unfolds, the city expects to spend more money on traffic law enforcement and more on traffic signals. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "What if we all plant lawn signs telling speeders to slow down? City considers campaign," 12 Feb. 2018 Duluth has been trying to get approval for a traffic signal at State Route 120 and George Rogers/Duluth High School for many years. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Long sought after traffic signal may finally be coming to Duluth," 4 Apr. 2018 The firm became known for forecasting road and mass-transit traffic volumes and calibrating traffic signals to match vehicle flows. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Josef Kates Found Ways to Unsnarl Traffic and Solve Business Problems With Computers," 27 July 2018 Anticipating a street celebration after the NFC Championship, Philadelphia police resorted to slathering power poles and traffic signals with Crisco to keep fans from climbing up them. Patricia Madej,, "Porta potties, story behind Kelce's Mummer suit, fans climbing things: What you missed during the Super Bowl parade," 8 Feb. 2018 Photo: iStockphoto/Getty Images Traditional traffic signals commonly change on a fixed schedule. Henry Williams, WSJ, "Artificial Intelligence May Make Traffic Congestion a Thing of the Past," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of traffic signal

1917, in the meaning defined above

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