Have you heard the one about the one-way streets in Galveston with traffic lights that face the wrong way?
No really — the Galveston Daily News has counted at least 11 intersections in the island town that "have working traffic lights facing the wrong way down a one-way street."
The paper reports that there are 10 such intersections where the one-way thoroughfares of Avenue O and Avenue P (also known as Bernardo De Galvez Avenue) cross 21st Street through 45th Street.
At least 11 intersections in the island town "have working traffic lights facing the wrong way down a one-way street."
In those situations, a four-way signal is suspended by wires over the center of the street, the colors visible to both the right-way drivers and the ones driving the wrong way. Here's one such example at the intersection of Avenue P and 39th Street.
Another choice specimen is at the crossroads of Church Street (another one-way thoroughfare) and 25th Street, where a Do Not Enter sign is posted right alongside a traffic light indicating otherwise.
As far as the city can tell, though, this system of signage is not hazardous.
"From talking to various engineering firms that have done traffic work in the Galveston-Houston area, the span wire system that the city of Galveston has on Avenue O and Avenue P are acceptable traffic signal systems," Angelo Grasso, director of public works for the City of Galveston, told the Daily News.
"At the present time, there are no plans or funds to change the span wire traffic signal systems into a mast arm system."