Programmed Flash ends at some intersections

Change at four N. Spokane traffic signals begins in March

Julie Happy, 509.625.7773

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 2:05 p.m.

The City will be terminating programmed flash – setting traffic signals flash during early morning hours – at four intersections along Division Street in Spokane.

Programmed flash will be eliminated at the following intersections beginning Tuesday, March 3:

  • Division Street & Garland Avenue
  • Division Street & Queen Avenue
  • Division Street & Rowan Avenue
  • Division Street & Central Avenue

Vehicle detection systems at each intersection were completed in January, so programmed flash is no longer needed to facilitate traffic flows. Vehicle detection allows the signals to respond promptly to vehicle demand. The system will allow for more efficient service during low volumes times when programmed flash was previously used (1 a.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays and 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. on weekends).

Eliminating programmed flash also provides for 24/7 operation of pedestrian signals at those intersections. Pedestrian signals do not work during programmed flash.