When the Traffic Lights Go Down in the City

By Matthew Stabley
|  Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010  |  Updated 6:44 PM EDT
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Traffic Lights Out at a Dozen D.C. Intersections

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Traffic lights went out at a dozen intersections in D.C. Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities want drivers to remember the law in such situations and treat the intersections as four-way stops.

Lights at the following eight intersections are still in flash mode:

  • Benning Road and 34th Street in Northeast 
  • Benning Road and Anacostia in Northeast   
  • 10th and H streets in Northeast 
  • 15th and C streets in Northeast 
  • 13th Street and Florida Avenue in Northwest 
  • 21st Street and Connecticut Avenue in Northwest
  • 16th and Upshur streets in Northwest
  • 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest

Lights at these intersections are working again

  • Benning Road and 17th Street in Northeast 
  • Sixth Street and Maryland Avenue in Northeast 
  • Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue in Northeast 
  • Seventh and N streets in Northwest

D.C. Department of Transportation traffic control officers were sent to major intersections with assistance from the police department.

Contractors are trying to determine the cause and fix it. It appears to be a computer glitch.

Delays are possible around the affected intersections.

Click here for traffic conditions in the D.C. area.

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