A series of storms August 18 affected a number of city traffic lights along with knocking out power for OPPD customers. The storms struck overnight and in the early morning hours, impacting the morning commute.
Emergency dispatchers reported traffic lights were either out or flashing at more than 15 locations including West Center Road, from 132nd to 144th streets, 96th and L streets, 156th and Harrison streets, 180th and Pacific streets, 60th and Grover streets and 40th and Dodge Street.
The traffic light problems in these major intersections made for long commutes for motorists.
Traffic lights switch to flashing mode when they receive a surge in power, sending them into protection mode. When this happens, the city has to go out and reset them at the controller, said Steve Fanslau, manager, Consumer Sales & Services at OPPD.
When the light is completely dark, OPPD crews have to go to the power source and make repairs, Fanslau said.
Law enforcement officials remind motorists to treat flashing lights as four-way stop signs.