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Lights, Loops and Action in Bronxville

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- There is a little more light in Bronxville these days, and an easier time getting through traffic on Kraft Avenue and Cedar Street thanks to a new state-of-the-art traffic light.

According to Rocco Circosta, the Bronxville superintendent of public works, the new light was installed a few months ago. But the lights were not turned on until the paving on Kraft Avenue was completed over the summer.

"We installed magnetic traffic loops when we repaved," Circosta said.

Cicosta explained that the magnetic loops are sort of a motion sensor for traffic lights.

"The loops let the traffic light know a car is stopped and prompts the light to change," he explained.

The light had to be installed in accordance with federal guidelines. One of those guidelines mandates that each light must have two "faces."

Up until a week ago, the traffic light was on a fixed timer, the device that makes you think you have been sitting at the light for a long time. The loops now control the amount of time a person is sitting at the light. Other factors in the length of time a person sits at the light is the pedestrian buttons that will also change the light.

Circosta said the project had been under consideration for about three years before getting board approval.

"There has always been a lot of discussion when it comes to this intersection," Circosta said. "We wanted to make sure to include input from the church and the police department."

The traffic light cost the village about $165,000, not including the paving project and re-configuring the crosswalks to the shortest distance between sidewalks.

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