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City Finds Over 20 Stoplights Unnecessary, Plans on Removal

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These signs appeared all over Downtown and Midtown within the last month or so, hinting that various traffic lights might soon be removed. Traffic lights aren't exactly the sexiest topic of conversation, but they do hold sway over whether or not you end up stoping your car in a not-so-safe area after dark, or whether you're able to cross Detroit's extra-wide streets without fearing death by Chevrolet. As citizen-bloggers, we felt it our duty to place some probing calls and figure out the city's plan for these intersections. We spoke with Daniel Cook, Assistant Traffic Engineer at the city's Traffic Engineering Division, who let us in on the Detroit's master traffic light "optimization" plan for the Downtown and Midtown areas. And we put it all in a map, so check it out and see if your most hated light might soon meet its maker.

The city hired professionals to study over 150 traffic lights and determine which needed adjustment, and which are so rarely traveled that they wouldn't be missed. The most unnecessary lights--all listed in this map--have been set to flash, where they'll remain for another six months or so while motorists get used to navigating those intersections without stoplights. After that, they're likely to come down. The lights will be replaced with stop signs.
In the meantime, if you absolutely love a certain stoplight and want it to remain, you can call the department number listed on the sign (313-224-1610) and let 'em know. According to Cook, that's what happened at Cass and Alexandrine, where so many residents chimed in that the light will likely live on.

As you probably guessed, the map's stop signs indicate what each intersection will become post-stoplight.

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1. Grand Blvd / Beaubien

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East Grand Boulevard & Beaubien Street
Detroit, MI 48202

Right-of-way: Grand Blvd

2. John R / Milwaukee

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John R Street & East Milwaukee Street
Detroit, MI 48202

Right-of-way: John R

3. Brush / Milwaukee

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Brush Street & East Milwaukee Street
Detroit, MI 48202

4. Milwaukee / Beaubien

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Beaubien Street & East Milwaukee Street
Detroit, MI 48202

5. John R / Baltimore

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John R Street & East Baltimore Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

6. John R / Kirby

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John R Street & East Kirby Street, Wayne State University, Merrill-Palmer Institute, Palmer Institute, College for Creative Studies
Detroit, MI 48202

7. Cass / Alexandrine

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Cass Avenue & Alexandrine Street West
Detroit, MI 48201

Right-of-way: Cass

8. Third / Selden

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3rd Street & Selden Street
Detroit, MI 48201

Right-of-way: Third

9. Second / Selden

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2nd Avenue & Selden Street
Detroit, MI 48201

Right-of-way: Second

10. Second / Peterboro

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2nd Avenue & Peterboro Street
Detroit, MI 48201

Right-of-way: Second

11. Cass / Peterboro

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Cass Avenue & Peterboro Street
Detroit, MI 48201

Right-of-way: Cass

12. Brush / Montcalm

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Brush Street & East Montcalm Street
Detroit, MI 48226

13. Clifford / Washington

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Washington Boulevard & Clifford Street
Detroit, MI 48226

14. Madison / John R

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John R Street & Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Madison

15. Gratiot / Farmer

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Gratiot Avenue & Farmer Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Gratiot

16. Lafayette / First

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West Lafayette Boulevard & 1st Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Lafayette

17. Lafayette/ Brush

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Brush Street & East Lafayette Street
Detroit, MI 48226

18. Congress / Cass

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Cass Avenue & West Congress Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Congress

19. Larned / St. Antoine

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East Larned Street & Saint Antoine Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Larned

20. Franklin / Rivard

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Rivard Street & Franklin Street
Detroit, MI 48207

21. Atwater / Renaissance

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Atwater Street & Renaissance Drive West
Detroit, MI 48207

22. Atwater / St. Antoine

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Saint Antoine Street & Atwater Street
Detroit, MI 48207

Atwater-Flash Red. St Antoine-Flash Red

23. Third / Abbot

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3rd Street & Abbott Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Third

24. Washington / State

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Washington Boulevard & State Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Washington

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1. Grand Blvd / Beaubien

East Grand Boulevard & Beaubien Street, Detroit, MI 48202

Right-of-way: Grand Blvd

East Grand Boulevard & Beaubien Street
Detroit, MI 48202

2. John R / Milwaukee

John R Street & East Milwaukee Street, Detroit, MI 48202

Right-of-way: John R

John R Street & East Milwaukee Street
Detroit, MI 48202

3. Brush / Milwaukee

Brush Street & East Milwaukee Street, Detroit, MI 48202

Brush Street & East Milwaukee Street
Detroit, MI 48202

4. Milwaukee / Beaubien

Beaubien Street & East Milwaukee Street, Detroit, MI 48202

Beaubien Street & East Milwaukee Street
Detroit, MI 48202

5. John R / Baltimore

John R Street & East Baltimore Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202

John R Street & East Baltimore Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

6. John R / Kirby

John R Street & East Kirby Street, Wayne State University, Merrill-Palmer Institute, Palmer Institute, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI 48202

John R Street & East Kirby Street, Wayne State University, Merrill-Palmer Institute, Palmer Institute, College for Creative Studies
Detroit, MI 48202

7. Cass / Alexandrine

Cass Avenue & Alexandrine Street West, Detroit, MI 48201

Right-of-way: Cass

Cass Avenue & Alexandrine Street West
Detroit, MI 48201

8. Third / Selden

3rd Street & Selden Street, Detroit, MI 48201

Right-of-way: Third

3rd Street & Selden Street
Detroit, MI 48201

9. Second / Selden

2nd Avenue & Selden Street, Detroit, MI 48201

Right-of-way: Second

2nd Avenue & Selden Street
Detroit, MI 48201

10. Second / Peterboro

2nd Avenue & Peterboro Street, Detroit, MI 48201

Right-of-way: Second

2nd Avenue & Peterboro Street
Detroit, MI 48201

11. Cass / Peterboro

Cass Avenue & Peterboro Street, Detroit, MI 48201

Right-of-way: Cass

Cass Avenue & Peterboro Street
Detroit, MI 48201

12. Brush / Montcalm

Brush Street & East Montcalm Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Brush Street & East Montcalm Street
Detroit, MI 48226

13. Clifford / Washington

Washington Boulevard & Clifford Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Washington Boulevard & Clifford Street
Detroit, MI 48226

14. Madison / John R

John R Street & Madison Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Madison

John R Street & Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226

15. Gratiot / Farmer

Gratiot Avenue & Farmer Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Gratiot

Gratiot Avenue & Farmer Street
Detroit, MI 48226

16. Lafayette / First

West Lafayette Boulevard & 1st Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Lafayette

West Lafayette Boulevard & 1st Street
Detroit, MI 48226

17. Lafayette/ Brush

Brush Street & East Lafayette Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Brush Street & East Lafayette Street
Detroit, MI 48226

18. Congress / Cass

Cass Avenue & West Congress Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Congress

Cass Avenue & West Congress Street
Detroit, MI 48226

19. Larned / St. Antoine

East Larned Street & Saint Antoine Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Larned

East Larned Street & Saint Antoine Street
Detroit, MI 48226

20. Franklin / Rivard

Rivard Street & Franklin Street, Detroit, MI 48207

Rivard Street & Franklin Street
Detroit, MI 48207

21. Atwater / Renaissance

Atwater Street & Renaissance Drive West, Detroit, MI 48207

Atwater Street & Renaissance Drive West
Detroit, MI 48207

22. Atwater / St. Antoine

Saint Antoine Street & Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48207

Atwater-Flash Red. St Antoine-Flash Red

Saint Antoine Street & Atwater Street
Detroit, MI 48207

23. Third / Abbot

3rd Street & Abbott Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Third

3rd Street & Abbott Street
Detroit, MI 48226

24. Washington / State

Washington Boulevard & State Street, Detroit, MI 48226

Right-of-way: Washington

Washington Boulevard & State Street
Detroit, MI 48226