UPDATE: Why is there a flashing traffic light at the Shelton Stop & Shop entrance?

UPDATE Wednesday 8:30 P.M.: The traffic light now has gone back to its standard operating procedure, turning red, green and yellow.

A reader is asking why the traffic light on Bridgeport Avenue at the main entrance to the Shelton Square Shopping Center has been in the yellow-flashing position for a number of days now.

The flashing yellow light on Bridgeport Avenue at the main entrance to the Shelton Square Shopping Center, on the right, as well as ShopRite and T.J.Maxx on the other side (to the left).

The flashing yellow light on Bridgeport Avenue at the main entrance to the Shelton Square Shopping Center, on the right, as well as ShopRite and T.J.Maxx on the other side (to the left).

In a Tuesday message, the reader said that an accident took place at the intersection since the traffic signal started flashing. It is a busy light at a heavily-trafficked four-way intersection, leading to both the Stop & Shop and ShopRite supermarkets as well as other stores.

Bridgeport Avenue is a state road so the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is in charge of traffic signals on the road, and not the city of Shelton.

Shelton-YellTrafficLight-FIThe DOT has been installing a new traffic light at the southern entrance to Shelton Square, near the Stop & Shop gas station, which has involved some underground wiring work. There is a chance that work related to the new light is a factor in why the other light no longer is operating normally — i.e. red, yellow and green.

The flashing position is certainly only temporary, but per the reader’s concerns, it does seem like an extremely busy intersection for a flashing yellow light — even if only for a few days.

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