traffic signal

noun

Definition of traffic signal 

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

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The study would help determine if a traffic signal is needed at Sugar Grove Parkway and Park Avenue. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "Sugar Grove Village Board discusses need for traffic study for proposed stoplight," 13 July 2018 An intersection in downtown Acworth will close as crews replace and upgrade the traffic signals and poles. Ben Brasch, ajc, "A downtown intersection in Cobb will be a three-way stop for a month," 9 July 2018 Saudi Arabia has tried reducing speed limits, investing in more traffic signals and roadside speed-warning signs, plus tougher penalties for moving violations. Jacob Wirtschafter And Diana Rifai, USA TODAY, "Women in Saudi Arabia gear up to legally drive for first time this Sunday," 22 June 2018 Writing at the Transportist, engineer David Levinson demonstrates how traffic signals favor vehicles over pedestrians and can actually lengthen travel times for walkers. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Why the ‘distracted pedestrian’ is a myth," 21 June 2018 Over the next month, crews will work on electricity for traffic signals and granite curbing on Park Road. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Work Continues On Park Road/ I-84, Local Road Projects Continue Through July," 20 June 2018 All of the crossings deemed hazardous now have traffic signals and marked crosswalks, making them safe for students, according to the firm’s report. Heather Cherone, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park District 97 weighs whether to end busing for elementary school students," 27 Mar. 2018 But autonomous automobiles will have sensors that communicate with the road, traffic signals, and each other to prevent collisions with vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians and anything else. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Self-driving cars will alter South Florida roads. Here's how.," 20 Jan. 2018 Some of the towers could affect utilities, traffic signals, and a bus stop, while the gondola station across Summer Street at South Station could affect parking spaces for people with disabilities. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s what the proposed gondola system for the Seaport would look like," 1 Mar. 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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