Work delays on traffic light sensors

Porter Street traffic lights.
Porter Street traffic lights.

Traffic light sensors at the Porter Street and London Street intersection have been out of action since December last year with little sign of getting fixed.

Concerned Port Lincoln resident Michael Carey has made calls and sent emails in an attempt to get the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) to fix the situation.

The traffic lights are temporarily working on a timing system...

Mr Carey said he went through the intersection several times a day and the issue was noticeable straight away, causing trucks to brake and stop at the intersection more than necessary.

“It was broken all through the grain carting season and the sensors are meant to allow trucks free flow through to the silos,” he said.

He said he had regularly contacted the department, often with little response or excuses about to the lack of work, and even had a contractor say there was no problem with the detectors.

A department spokesperson said there were plans for a contractor to replace the detectors within weeks but “sooner if possible”.

“The traffic lights in Porter Street are operational but are temporarily working on a timing system instead of using traffic detectors, due to recent asphalt repair works at the intersection,” the spokesperson said.

“In the meantime changes have been made to the light sequencing to minimise the impact.”

“If it’s going to be fixed that’s great, but it’s been a long time,” Mr Carey said.