Many residents have contacted the City asking about the new signal light on Center Street at the Union Pacific/UTA railroad crossing. The purpose of this “Queue Cutter” Traffic Signal is to limit the line of waiting vehicles so they are not extending across an active railroad crossing.
At the Center Street location, the two less-used grade crossings west of this site act as a bottleneck that can cause westbound traffic to stack across the busy Union Pacific and UTA rail tracks. Once these smaller crossings are activated, there is no way to clear stacked traffic from the tracks if a train approaches, potentially causing a catastrophic collision.
The queue cutter signal is placed ahead of the UPRR/UTA crossing to keep traffic from queueing up to and across the tracks. The triggers for this signal to turn RED are: 1) vehicle detection west of the tracks, which senses vehicles queueing close to the tracks, and 2) an approaching train on these same tracks. The signal will remain GREEN, outside of these two life-safety situations.
This project is expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks.