SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An electronic traffic controller at the intersection of Main and Union Streets in Springfield was destroyed in an accident last week and is causing traffic troubles downtown.
On a rainy, busy Tuesday morning in downtown Springfield, two days before Christmas, our 22News camera captured how drivers and pedestrians were impacted by a broken traffic controller.
Kevin Murray of Springfield said, “They’ve been pretty good. They’re stopping, you know, they’re heeding to each other, so, you know, everybody’s yielding.”
The City of Springfield said an armored vehicle destroyed the traffic controller on Friday and that it would take two weeks to repair. In the meantime, a yellow flashing light will advise drivers on Main Street to slow down; a red flashing light will stop cars on Union Street.
Pedestrians will have to be extra careful. Some people told 22News that with the crosswalk signal not working and drivers’ eyes focused on the intersection, they were concerned of the safety of pedestrians trying to cross Main Street.
“I’m hoping nobody gets hurt during the Christmas holiday obviously and I wish it wouldn’t take two weeks to fix, but apparently they’re going to be busy. I just hope nobody gets hurt,” Vinny Nai of Springfield said.
In the past month, at least 12 people have been hit by cars while crossing the road throughout the Pioneer Valley. Drivers are advised to expect delays downtown until the light is fixed, and be aware of not just other cars, but also pedestrians.