Signal malfunction snarls Fraser traffic
February 17, 2009
On Thursday morning Feb. 12, the stoplight at one of the busiest intersections in Grand County malfunctioned. For the next two days, it blinked yellow. Without the control of the light, drivers on U.S. Highway 40, turning onto County Road 804 to Safeway or to the Alco Shopping Center had to resort to politeness and common sense to keep moving.
The light is designed to flash yellow in the middle of the night, then return to its regular red, yellow and green cycle at 7 a.m., Fraser-Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor told the Winter Park Town Council Tuesday morning.
Once the light malfunctioned, calls began flooding into the police department.
“People coming out of Safeway and Alco were having the hardest time,” Trainor said.
A Colorado Department of Transportation repairman drove over from Craig on Friday to fix the light, Trainor said. “He got here at lunchtime, but had to drive up to Rabbit Ears Pass to meet someone for the part he needed.”
The light was fixed by Friday afternoon, just in time for heavy President’s Day weekend traffic.