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Department of Transportation Traffic Light Malfunctions and How to Approach Them

DOT Traffic Light Malfunctions

Due to reports of major traffic light malfunctions throughout the city, the Department of Transportation is now probing into what may have caused the system to crash.

The glitch was allegedly brought about by a “routine software upgrade” that happened over the course of the night. Various lights on Amboy Road and Richmond Avenue were reportedly blinking red in one direction, while remaining yellow in the other

The DOT told 1010 WINS radio that the software update was, “the type we do on weekend nights at times,” but this time it “experienced an interruption which affected multiple intersections citywide”

On Staten Island alone, there were approximately twelve intersections that experienced the system error.  

According to ABC, the city’s 311 phone line (information about municipal programs and services, such as garbage collection, snow removal, and transit.) has been bombarded with calls of concern from citizens of all five boroughs.

The Department of Transportation has ensured it has crews working on fixing the problem at hand.

"DOT has been addressing these signals all morning through in-house resources and contractors and will work until all signals are operational."

For your safety, as well as the safety of others, a flashing red, or yellow, signal should be treated like a stop-sign, said the DOT.