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Old 11-17-2015, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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In general, are the traffic lights in your area mounted on poles or hung from wires? Where I live (Maryland), nearly all of them are on poles. There are a few that are still on wires, but they're gradually being replaced with the ones on poles. Also, I grew up in South Florida, and when I was there nearly all the lights were on wires. But in more recent years, it seems that they've been replaced with the ones on poles too.

Personally, I prefer the ones on poles. I just find them more aesthetically appealing, and I imagine they're less likely to be accidentally brought down as well.

So how are the lights where you live? And do you have a preference?
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:35 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Atlanta Metro Area, Bout 1/2 & 1/2 ....

My guess is in Ice "Areas" there might be more of a Ice Load that would require more Poles, then wired light, that need to be factored in.

I have no preference.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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They are starting to put them all on poles wherever possible.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:36 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Poles, I'm not sure if I've ever seen a wired one in CA. I definitely prefer the look of poles over wires.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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Arizona uses mast arms for permanent installations. Short term temporary installations typically use signals mounted on a portable trailer with foldable arms, while span wire signals are typically used for longer term temporary installations.

It seems the use of span wire signals for permanent installations are generally more popular on the East Coast than they are out west.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Nearly all of the intersections with a stop light here in Albuquerque are mounted on poles and masts. I can only think of two that aren't. Both of them have been that way since I was little, so about thirty years, so I don't think they are temporary situations.
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Old 11-17-2015, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The only stop lights in the Twin Cities that aren't on poles are at intersections that are under construction. There are places where that's permanent? Looks very Third World with wires.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:06 PM
 
Location: France
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When I lived in America;

- New Jersey, California, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Massachusetts all mounted on poles.
- New York State (excluding NYC & Long Island) hanging on wires.
- Florida mixed

Traffic lights hanging on wires ugly and 3rd world looking
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:46 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Here mostly on wires, rebuilt or landscaped areas are often masted. I assume it's cheaper. Most streetlights here are also pole mounted
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:50 PM
 
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Metro Detroit used to be almost all on wires. Now, the area has changed all of them to poles this last year. 100% are now poles - I was wondering why myself.
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