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Old 11-19-2015, 08:32 PM
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I strongly prefer signals mounted on mast arms and poles. Save span wire for construction zones.
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Old 11-20-2015, 02:30 AM
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Phoenix area: most are on mast arms and poles. Some of the intersections that have not been widened in the suburbs still have wires.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:56 AM
Location: Detroit
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In the Twin Cities, they're all poles. Same with most of the "cities" in South Dakota. I lived in the tri-cities area of Michigan this summer, and it was almost all wires. It looked so awful and cheap.
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:00 AM
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Most of Seattle's traffic signals hang on wires. Yes they do look cheap.

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Old 11-20-2015, 10:28 AM
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Below is one of the intersections I mentioned for Albuquerque. It's in the city proper, in the Northeast Heights part of town. The other one I remember was somewhere in the unincorporated South Valley just southwest of the city proper. I can't seem to find it though. I looked all along the major streets that it could've been on, but it was probably removed during a street widening or upgrade.


I do distinctly remember that there was one in the South Valley when I was little (in the late eighties/early nineties), because I remember watching the lights shake and tremble on the wires whenever it was windy and we'd be stopped or passing through the intersection. I was always scared the lights would break off one day due to a high wind. Interestingly, they never would flip completely around on the wires, which I also always thought would happen and which also made me wonder why they would place stop lights on wires in the first place (because of the wind).

Here is a typical intersection light set up in Albuquerque:


You see that there are usually both overhead masts (mostly for the middle, through lanes) and pole mounted lights for the left turn lanes in the median and for right turns at the corners, especially when there is both large amounts of foot and vehicle traffic.
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Old 11-22-2015, 02:51 PM
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Both; that's to be expected of a 300 year old city.
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