Town Council told leading left arrows have worked in Gilbert

Gilbert Town Council, Gilbert Town Hall
Converting from lagging to leading left arrows at Gilbert intersections has improved traffic flow and safety, according to a study presented to Town Council on Nov. 7. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Converting from lagging to leading left arrows at Gilbert intersections has improved traffic flow and safety, according to a study presented to Town Council on Nov. 7. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)



Converting from a town with predominantly lagging left arrows at traffic intersections to one with predominantly leading left arrows two years ago has improved time in traffic and reduced collisions, according to a study presented Thursday to Town Council.

The study commissioned by the town showed there have been fewer crashes at intersections after converting from lagging to leading lefts and that the changes led to 2.1 fewer hours on the road per driver over the course of a year.

The study also found an investment-to-savings ratio of 113:1 in dollars. Most of the savings came from the low number crashes.

The presentation required no action from council.


Other business

  • Council approved in the consent agenda an agreement to allow Bonneville Communications Corporation, the media company owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to place “Light the World giving machines” at the Water Tower Plaza from Nov. 17-Jan. 3. The machines, which were in place last year, collect donations for six local and two international nonprofit organizations.

  • Council approved in the consent agenda an agreement to purchase up to 2.5 megawatts of solar-energy power from Salt River Project’s Sustainable Energy Offering program. The offering gives Gilbert a chance to offset a total of its energy use with a fixed-rate, renewable source at a cost comparable to recent variable rate cost averages.

  • Council approved on a 6-0 vote the contract for Alison Ferrante to serve as a municipal judge. Her term will start Dec. 2 and last two years.

  • Council approved on a 6-0 vote liquor licenses for Level 1 Arcade Bar, Tom’s Family Car Wash and Shake Shack.

  • Council approved on a 6-0 vote adopting amendments to the Code of Gilbert’s building and construction regulations. Council Member Jared Taylor and Plan Review and Inspection Manager Larry Taylor led the effort aimed at simplifying the code. The two Taylors are not related. The changes were first presented to council Sept. 19 and will take effect Jan. 1.

By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.