Broken light causes traffic hazard
By Reuven M. Lerner
After presenting a safety hazard for over a day, the traffic light in front of 77 Massachusetts Ave. was fixed at approximately 4 pm yesterday.
Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin said the Campus Police had received calls since early yesterday morning complaining that the light was continuously flashing yellow. Glavin said she told the City of Cambridge, which in turn notified a contractor hired to repair the traffic lights.
In a telephone interview yesterday evening, Glavin said the contractors "apparently came down sometime this morning," and that they expected it to be repaired by yesterday afternoon.
She said the Campus Police have no jurisdiction over the intersection, and were thus unable to provide any form of traffic control. A cruiser was dispatched to the intersection during the early afternoon to "provide a visible means of police presence," Glavin said.
"This light has been problematic over the years," Glavin said, adding that "I wish they'd find a final solution for it."
Alexandra M. Witze '92, who said she was nearly run over yesterday while on her way to class at 10 am, said a broken traffic light "doesn't seem like a safe thing to be having, especially at a university like this one." The City of Cambridge should be "more on the ball" about fixing the light, she said. "It was kind of a bad thing," Witze added.
"It's a miracle no one was run over by a bus," said Allan Y. Chong '92. He said that "it probably would be good if there were flashing red lights, because that way traffic would have to come to a stop."
Charaf Z. Sedreddine '93 said, "People kept gathering up in groups and braving the street together." He also said that "I thought it was dangerous and I don't know why the Campus Police didn't do anything sooner."
Officials at the Cambridge Traffic Department did not answer repeated telephone calls.