Broken down for several weeks, the lights at the N556 crossroads are replaced by signs: “this solution is temporary”

Broken down for several weeks, the lights at the N556 crossroads are replaced by signs: “this solution is temporary”
Broken down for several weeks, the lights at the N556 crossroads are replaced by signs: “this solution is temporary”

Rather funny scene in Mons at the crossroads formed by rue de Nimy, the N556 and rue Pierre-Joseph Duménil. For many weeks, the red light used to regulate traffic has been broken. The reason ? The control cabinet burned requiring new hardware. Recently, users will have noticed that signs indicating “you do not have priority” have appeared on the road. Citizens were therefore entitled to ask themselves why not repair the problem rather than install additional panels. The solution to the problem, however, is not as simple as that.

To replace the now burned control cabinet, the SPW needed new hardware. In the meantime, the priority rules were of course applied to allow users to circulate as best as possible at this intersection. It is clear that the absence of lights still disrupted more than one, causing numerous accidents. Faced with this sad observation, the SPW Mobility & Infrastructures and the City of Mons jointly decided to install signs warning motorists coming from the N556 that they did not have priority, perhaps making them extra careful.

The problem resolved in July

Everyone can rest assured, a more lasting solution will be put in place soon. “When the control cabinet burned, we ordered equipment that we are still waiting to receive. In the meantime, a joint decision with the municipal authorities was taken to place vertical signage for the safety of users. This signage will only be in place until the intervention can take place. We should therefore remove it soon”, indicates Sarah Pierre, spokesperson for the SPW MI.

A situation which should be resolved at the start of July, if all goes well. “The situation should be completely restored at the beginning of July, time to install the equipment that we hope to receive in the meantime and proceed with the commissioning of the station”, adds Sarah Pierre.

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So there are only a few weeks of patience left before the problem is resolved. In the meantime, road users are urged to exercise extreme caution. Several accidents have in fact already occurred since the start of the outage. The signs installed by the SPW and the City of Mons will perhaps help limit the damage by reminding everyone of the rules of priority of use when a traffic light breaks down…

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