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Smallest town with a traffic light
« on: May 12, 2018, 12:07:19 PM »

Down here in South Carolina, almost every town of any size has at the minimum, a blinker at their biggest intersection. A lot of these places don’t have regular traffic lights, though.

Aynor, SC, a town of about 800 along US 501 on the way to Myrtle Beach, has two traffic lights.

What is the smallest town you can find with a traffic light, or the largest town without one?
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2018, 12:18:29 PM »

In Minnesota, there is one location with a traffic signal that is a minimum 5 miles from the nearest town.  If one includes nearby farmers, does "single digits" count?

Largest town in Minnesota without a signal may be Glencoe (population ~5,600).  I can't think of any larger towns offhand.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2018, 12:26:57 PM »

There's always this signal along US 6 in Illinois between Mineral (population 227 per Google) and Annawan (population 855 per Google).
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2018, 12:53:33 PM »

The largest city in Utah without a traffic light appears to be Alpine, with a population of 9,555 in 2010. The smallest incorporated town with a light is Bryce Canyon City, with a population of 198.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2018, 12:56:30 PM »

Try US 13 on the Delmarva peninsula in Virginia.  There are numerous traffic signals along there and it is almost completely rural.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2018, 03:02:50 PM »

Quite a few small areas here in Union County and the surrounding counties have traffic lights, but are in a rather rural area, presumably because these rural areas have arterials running through them to connect medium sized towns like Monroe and Lancaster to each other.


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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2018, 03:57:13 PM »

In Minnesota, there is one location with a traffic signal that is a minimum 5 miles from the nearest town.

Where's that?
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2018, 04:10:31 PM »

Like Kramer Junction? I think it's just a few businesses. I'm not even sure anyone lives there.

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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2018, 09:04:27 PM »

Since, IMHO, this question is so hard to really define, howabout "What is the location of the cycling RYG traffic signal in the USA (contiguous 48 states?) that is the most remote from any other traffic signals?  Ditto for Canada and the rest of the World?

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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2018, 09:17:10 PM »

To add, I don't think Bottineau, ND has any traffic lights and it's the largest city (still small though) for a bit out there, which is a given, seeing as it's North Dakota.


Since, IMHO, this question is so hard to really define, howabout "What is the location of the cycling RYG traffic signal in the USA (contiguous 48 states?) that is the most remote from any other traffic signals?  Ditto for Canada and the rest of the World?


Not an answer to the question, but it did get me thinking what the most extreme traffic lights in the US/Canada are. Northernmost, easternmost, westernmost, highest in elevation, most remote, etc. For northernmost, the title would probably go to something within the vicinity of Fairbanks, Alaska.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2018, 11:49:44 PM »

Benzonia, Michigan (population 497) has a stoplight at US-31 and M-115 (the only full stoplight in Benzie County; largest community Frankfort has none).
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2018, 12:08:28 AM »

Since, IMHO, this question is so hard to really define, howabout "What is the location of the cycling RYG traffic signal in the USA (contiguous 48 states?) that is the most remote from any other traffic signals?  Ditto for Canada and the rest of the World?

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The two Utah winners would be Bryce Canyon City and Delta, which are both 47 miles as the crow flies from another signal (Bryce is slightly farther). Bryce is 75 miles by car from the nearest signal in Kanab, and Delta is 50 miles by car from the nearest signal in Nephi.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2018, 12:18:02 AM »

In Florida there is one along US 27 at FL 29 which is near the small town of Palmdale (unincorporated in Glades County) that has a two digit population.

Further south in Moore Haven, it had one that last time I drove it and even that one was a converted flasher as back in the 90's it had none.  However, Monticello along US 19 in Jefferson County near Tallahassee has none working but two or three flashers.   Both Moore Haven and Monticello are county seats as well.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2018, 12:19:44 AM »

Maybe not the smallest but it would be pretty close. La Paz, Indiana has a traffic light at the intersection of US 6 and Michigan Road (former US 31.) The population was 561 in 2010.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2018, 12:38:57 AM »

Maybe not the smallest but it would be pretty close. La Paz, Indiana has a traffic light at the intersection of US 6 and Michigan Road (former US 31.) The population was 561 in 2010.
Now with US 31 being out of that intersection its even more not needed.

I was at that intersection in 2008 and know the one you mean.  It was mainly because US 31 is linear developed and most of US 31 traffic was people patronizing the many homes and businesses between the small town of La Paz and South Bend.

US 301 in Florida around Waldo is the same, though no signals within Waldo's City limits, but has them along US 301 outside the city due to some east-west roads of use intersecting the busy US 301 that is an outer bypass of Jacksonville.   Waldo has only SR 24 intersecting US 301, but is interchanged hence why a signal is not needed there.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2018, 12:59:15 AM »

Texas is the leader in putting signals up in rural, unincorporated areas. So I guess the answer is zero.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2018, 02:51:36 AM »

Iowa has one on IA 2 just west of I-29 where there are truck stops and a hotel, but no official city. They also have one set up just west of I-35 on old IA 105 at the turn for Diamond Jo Casino, but that one flashes red in all 4 directions, again in no incorporated area. The smallest city I know about with a traffic light is Ventura (population 717 in 2010)
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2018, 03:25:30 AM »

In Minnesota, there is one location with a traffic signal that is a minimum 5 miles from the nearest town.

Where's that?

Blomkest (157) may have been the winner until the US 71/MN 7 signal was recently replaced with a roundabout.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2018, 03:50:52 AM »

In Minnesota, there is one location with a traffic signal that is a minimum 5 miles from the nearest town.
Where's that?
Blomkest (157) may have been the winner until the US 71/MN 7 signal was recently replaced with a roundabout.

I thought that maybe was what froggie was referring to, but I didn't even realize that former signal/now roundabout was actually within the corporate limits of a city. There's the signal at US-14/US-71, but that's only a mile or so outside Sanborn, so that's not it either. Hmmm…

Edit: US-75 and US-212. About five miles either way from Madison or Dawson. I think that's it.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2018, 04:25:39 AM »

In my neck of the woods Trenton NC (pop 284) has a stop light at the intersection of NC-41 and NC-58, next to the Jones County courthouse.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2018, 06:46:55 AM »

In Minnesota, there is one location with a traffic signal that is a minimum 5 miles from the nearest town.
Where's that?
Blomkest (157) may have been the winner until the US 71/MN 7 signal was recently replaced with a roundabout.

I thought that maybe was what froggie was referring to, but I didn't even realize that former signal/now roundabout was actually within the corporate limits of a city. There's the signal at US-14/US-71, but that's only a mile or so outside Sanborn, so that's not it either. Hmmm…

Edit: US-75 and US-212. About five miles either way from Madison or Dawson. I think that's it.

Yes, I was referring to 75/212.  Blomkest is only a mile from 71/7.  The 75/212 signal has been the "winner" for years...that signal actually predated the former signal at 71/7.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2018, 10:27:43 AM »

It has to be Purujosa, Spain with a population of 37 as of 2017. The lights are there due to the narrowness of the village's Main Street (Calle Mayor in Spanish), which also serves as the village's only entrance. Thread done :sombrero:.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2018, 11:03:19 AM »

Michigan has some stoplights in unincorporated areas:
M-66 at M-57 (two miles south of Sheridan)
M-66 at M-20 (in the unincorporated community of Remus)
M-20 at Winn Rd (about five miles from Beal City and seven miles from Mt. Pleasant)
M-20 at Coleman Rd (about ten miles from Mt. Pleasant and Coleman)
M-46 at M-83 (five miles north of Frankenmuth)
The two on M-45 west of Allendale (120th St and M-231)
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2018, 03:54:24 PM »

I've counted at least 8 in Teterboro, NJ, population 67 as of 2010.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2018, 04:53:15 PM »

Yes, but Teterboro is in the middle of one of the most crowded urban areas in the country.

This has to be one of the smallest in SC. On US 17 between Gardens Corner (where it merges with US 21) and Jacksonboro (where it turns toward Charleston), there is a traffic light for some old museum they used to have there.

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