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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2018, 07:14:21 PM »

For Louisiana the best ones I can think of:

Smallest towns with traffic light:
Ida- pop 221
Dixie Inn- pop 273
Columbia - 390

Largest towns/cities without:
Colfax - pop 1558
Clinton- 1653
Bernice- pop 1689



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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2018, 03:20:21 PM »

The largest town Iíve been to with no traffic light is Dumaguete, Philippines with a whopping 130,000
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #27 on: May 16, 2018, 03:27:45 PM »

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.

I grew up 8 miles from that intersection.  US 6 is a fairly busy highway, with a fair amount of truck traffic, so a traffic light was definitely necessary before the new routing of 31 was built.  Haven't been through that intersection since, but with the number of businesses at/near that intersection, I'm guessing the light is still necessary.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #28 on: May 16, 2018, 04:03:42 PM »

There's always this signal along US 6 in Illinois between Mineral (population 227 per Google) and Annawan (population 855 per Google).

We storm chased not too long ago and came across this light... Is it mainly for the railroad crossing? Traffic can't be that bad in the area
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #29 on: May 16, 2018, 04:07:38 PM »

Try US 13 on the Delmarva peninsula in Virginia.  There are numerous traffic signals along there and it is almost completely rural.

You'd be right...

Port Royal, VA (population 126) has a traffic signal just outside the corporate limits at US 17 and US 301.

Monterey, VA (population 136) has blinking yellows/reds at the US 220/US 250 intersection.

However, Eastville, VA (population 167) is the smallest in Virginia with a fully signalized intersection within the corporate limits (US 13 and SR 631).

Clifton (pop 282) is notable for not having any signals despite being within Fairfax County.

I'm not sure what the largest town in Virginia without a signal would be...I feel like it would be Occoquan (pop 1205) but I think VA 123 just barely manages to enter the corporate limits, and there's a signal at SR 1203 Commerce Street.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #30 on: May 17, 2018, 05:01:57 AM »


There's always this signal along US 6 in Illinois between Mineral (population 227 per Google) and Annawan (population 855 per Google).

We storm chased not too long ago and came across this light... Is it mainly for the railroad crossing? Traffic can't be that bad in the area
I looked at that light on Google and its existence makes no sense at all to me. It goes to the Patriot ethanol plant (presumably why it's called Patriot Way) and the other end of the road is IL 78, with I-80 not too far north. Mineral and Sheffield don't get direct exits from I-80, so there must be a high amount of local truck traffic. How that is possible is a mystery to me.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #31 on: May 17, 2018, 08:33:02 PM »

I'm not sure what the largest town in Virginia without a signal would be...I feel like it would be Occoquan (pop 1205) but I think VA 123 just barely manages to enter the corporate limits, and there's a signal at SR 1203 Commerce Street.

I'm thinking Gordonsville
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #32 on: May 18, 2018, 03:09:13 PM »

^ Pretty sure Grottoes (2010 pop of 2,668) is the winner.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2018, 03:05:01 PM »

^ Pretty sure Grottoes (2010 pop of 2,668) is the winner.

Yeah, it is.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #34 on: May 19, 2018, 03:53:45 PM »

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)

The traffic signal at US 52/IA 3 and the Northwest Arterial is in Sageville, population 122, which adjoins much larger Dubuque.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #35 on: May 21, 2018, 03:44:24 PM »

The largest one I can think of off hand is Chamberlain SD population 2,500. That means there are no traffic lights at all between Mitchell and Rapid City.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #36 on: June 12, 2018, 02:09:46 AM »

Wow  Im suprised  the Breezewood Haters  haven't chimed in yet  The population there is around 300  and I know for sure there are at least 2 traffic lights.  One for I-70 E   and the other for I-70W and I-76; There even could be 1 or 2 more for the group of motels and restaurants that are there.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #37 on: June 12, 2018, 07:19:31 AM »

Wow  Im suprised  the Breezewood Haters  haven't chimed in yet  The population there is around 300  and I know for sure there are at least 2 traffic lights.  One for I-70 E   and the other for I-70W and I-76; There even could be 1 or 2 more for the group of motels and restaurants that are there.

Breezewood isn't incorporated, and as far as I know, it doesn't have defined boundaries.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #38 on: June 12, 2018, 08:47:28 AM »

Lazy Lake, Florida with a population of 24 might be in the running, but the traffic light is in the extreme southwest corner of its incorporated limits. Based on its limited budget, I'm quite certain the county maintains it.

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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #39 on: June 12, 2018, 02:20:31 PM »

Smallest one I've encountered is a flasher at Bascom, FL in Jackson County (one of my aunts lives there), population 131.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #40 on: June 12, 2018, 06:57:45 PM »


There's always this signal along US 6 in Illinois between Mineral (population 227 per Google) and Annawan (population 855 per Google).

We storm chased not too long ago and came across this light... Is it mainly for the railroad crossing? Traffic can't be that bad in the area
I looked at that light on Google and its existence makes no sense at all to me. It goes to the Patriot ethanol plant (presumably why it's called Patriot Way) and the other end of the road is IL 78, with I-80 not too far north. Mineral and Sheffield don't get direct exits from I-80, so there must be a high amount of local truck traffic. How that is possible is a mystery to me.

Could be a case of how easy it is to meet the grade crossing warrant (Warrant 9) in the MUTCD, or the signal is not warranted but the Illinois Commerce Commission required it just to approve the new grade crossing.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #41 on: June 13, 2018, 09:50:59 AM »

Lake Buena Vista in Florida has a bunch of fully signalized intersections, including bus signals and whatnot, and it only has a population of 10, I imagine its the true winner. Infact, I'm pretty sure the number of signals their exceeds the population of the town.

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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #42 on: July 01, 2018, 07:50:59 PM »

There's always this signal along US 6 in Illinois between Mineral (population 227 per Google) and Annawan (population 855 per Google).
That may be due to the grade crossing.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #43 on: July 02, 2018, 03:12:11 PM »

The Borough of Milbourne, PA (population of 1,159 per the 2010 census) has three or four of them along Market St./PA 3.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #44 on: July 03, 2018, 12:04:23 PM »

The Borough of Milbourne, PA (population of 1,159 per the 2010 census) has three or four of them along Market St./PA 3.

It's probably cheating to include a place just outside the largest city in the state. :P
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #45 on: July 03, 2018, 08:02:55 PM »

One that barely counts would be Woodside DE (population 196).  US-13's southbound lanes enter the town limits: https://goo.gl/maps/rt5cm6EJsD82

Magnolia DE (population 235): https://goo.gl/maps/xU14eT7fTaT2

Then there's the one in Kenton DE (population 265) which threw me off when I was heading towards US-301 the other day: https://goo.gl/maps/kKamRvn6SbT2

Just did a check for the largest town without a stoplight in Delaware and I can't seem to find any, at least where I'd expect them, in Clayton (population 3,157).  I know all the towns larger than it have stoplights for sure, I've actually been to them.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #46 on: July 04, 2018, 08:17:05 AM »

Lake Buena Vista in Florida has a bunch of fully signalized intersections, including bus signals and whatnot, and it only has a population of 10, I imagine its the true winner. Infact, I'm pretty sure the number of signals their exceeds the population of the town.

Not to split hairs, but you should also include the metropolis of Bay Lake in that count, with 47 full-time residents as of the last Census. Its population seems to fluctuate a bit at times...
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #47 on: July 05, 2018, 07:04:50 PM »

Leadville is the highest (10,152') incorporated city in Colorado with a traffic light (Harrison Ave/US 24 and 6th St). The neighboring CDP of Leadville North also has one (Poplar St/US 24 & Mountain View Dr), mainly because there's a Safeway at that corner.

The smallest is Lakeside (population 8), which really doesn't count, since it sits on the border of the City and County of Denver, and most of the town is either Lakeside Amusement Park, Lake Rhoda, and Lakeside Center (which includes a Walmart Supercenter). There are lights along the eastern (Sheridan Blvd), southern (44th Ave), and western (Harlan St) edges.

Other than within Denver Metro, the smallest city with a traffic light is Black Hawk (population 127 according to a 2016 estimate), which has six (plus an emergency signal), plus another just outside the city limits (and another at the junction of US 6 and CO 119 a few miles south of town). The reason for all of the lights? Gambling. It's the most convenient (about 45 mins) location to Denver for gambling, and you can see it every weekend, especially.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #48 on: July 05, 2018, 10:20:12 PM »



You'd be right...

Port Royal, VA (population 126) has a traffic signal just outside the corporate limits at US 17 and US 301.

At times, that's a pretty busy intersection.

Monterey, VA (population 136) has blinking yellows/reds at the US 220/US 250 intersection.

That would have been my first choice in the Commonwealth of a place that I knew was within the corporate limits of a municipality.

However, Eastville, VA (population 167) is the smallest in Virginia with a fully signalized intersection within the corporate limits (US 13 and SR 631).

This is interesting - I have been though there a fair number of times, was not aware the signal was within the corporate limits of a town.  VDOT's practice in many (most?, all?) places is that they do not use the traditional 6XX-series secondary routes in towns, but instead a "T" route number (but there are exceptions to be found).  Only place I can remember seeing a 600-series signed in a town is 606 in Herndon in Fairfax County (and I am fairly sure that that the  town has signed 606, not VDOT).

Clifton (pop 282) is notable for not having any signals despite being within Fairfax County.

The streets in Clifton were VDOT-maintained (with the  "T"  route numbers as of the last time I was there, over 10 years ago).

I'm not sure what the largest town in Virginia without a signal would be...I feel like it would be Occoquan (pop 1205) but I think VA 123 just barely manages to enter the corporate limits, and there's a signal at SR 1203 Commerce Street.

According to a map on the town's Web site, that intersection of VA-123 (Gordon Boulevard) and  Commerce Street is entirely within the town.
 
On that same page, there is a map showing who maintains what - and VDOT maintains a fair number of blocks in the town, but not all of them.
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Re: Smallest town with a traffic light
« Reply #49 on: July 06, 2018, 02:38:40 PM »

The Borough of Milbourne, PA (population of 1,159 per the 2010 census) has three or four of them along Market St./PA 3.

It's probably cheating to include a place just outside the largest city in the state. :P
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