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Traffic Q&A: Why do the signals seem so out of sync at Meridian and Fifth Avenue in Puyallup?

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Q: Why do the traffic signals at Fifth Avenue Northwest and the Meridian/Second Street couplet in Puyallup seem so out of synch? – Janet W., Puyallup

A: First, let us set the scene.

The main north-south drag through the heart of Puyallup is the Meridian/Second Street couplet.

Meridian is one-way southbound. Second Street (and sometimes Third Street) is one-way northbound.

Now Fifth Avenue Northwest crosses both stems near Grayland Park.

Got it? Good.

We will let Janet, who frequently drives on Fifth Avenue Northwest, take it from here.

Rhythm EngineeringTraffic Q&A: Why do the signals seem so out of sync at Meridian and Fifth Avenue in Puyallup?