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Signal was installed for BLM workers

Since you asked

When did that new traffic signal go in at Biddle and Lawnsdale roads? And more to the point, why was it installed? It doesn't seem to be warranted.

' Carl J., Central Point

You might not think that new signal light is needed, Carl, but the folks working out of the Biddle Road Bureau of Land Management office might disagree.

According to Medford Public Works Director Cory Crebbin, the new signal light was installed earlier this year to accommodate the growing needs of employees at the BLM office. The agency generates an estimated 800 to 900 trips daily onto Biddle Road, Crebbin said.

The light was installed in January. BLM officials revamped their parking lot, and employee traffic is now able to enter the roadway through Lawnsdale Road instead of shooting directly onto Biddle Road.

Before installing the light, Crebbin said a study was done to make sure the signal was warranted. That included a look at visibility, accident history and traffic volume.

More than 2,000 vehicles drove along Lawnsdale Road each day.

Since the signal was installed, Crebbin estimates that the traffic volume on Lawnsdale Road has risen to 3,000 daily.

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