Tip List: County to look into Winton signal

abutt@mercedsunstar.comMarch 21, 2012 

WINTON -- Cesar Ochoa, who lives in Winton, is concerned about the stoplight at the intersection of Winton Way and Almond Avenue because, he said, it doesn't work at night. Especially if he's trying to turn left off Almond onto Winton Way.

"It's weird, because in the morning it works, and at night it doesn't," he said. "It does not turn green."

He said after a couple of cycles of other cars going, he has to drive, safely and cautiously, through the red light.

He also checked with a friend, who lives near the area, about the malfunctioning light. Ochoa said it's been going on for more than a year.

"I've sat there for five minutes and there's no car in sight," the Winton resident said. "Logically, my mind tells me to go -- and it's red the whole time." He said that to make a left turn, "you practically have to run a red light to go. We obviously wait until it's safe."

Paul Fillebrown, public works director of the county, said that the issue was something the county would look into. "We can certainly get it fixed," he said. "It (the light) shouldn't be doing that."

He added that the county doesn't let things like that sit around for a long time. Fillebrown said a contractor would be sent out to look at the light.

What's the problem: A light that doesn't turn green during the nighttime at Winton Way and Almond Avenue, according to a Winton resident.

Who's responsible: Merced County Public Works.

What's being done: The county will send someone out to take a look at the light.

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If you see something broken or in need of repair in your neighborhood, call the Sun-Star Tip List reporter, Ameera Butt, with your tips at (209) 385-2477 or e-mail abutt@mercedsunstar.com.

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