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The Oregon Department of Transportation has agreed to adjust the signal, city says.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO - Traffic has been backed up on State Street after the detector for the traffic signal on Foothills Road was cut for sewer project.

This story was updated from its original version.

Drivers navigating northbound on State Street may face a 15-minute delay during rush hour due to the disconnection of the traffic signal detector at the Foothills Road intersection.

The city disabled the connection Tuesday evening, July 12, in order to get into the sewer line as part of a sewer upgrade project.

Due to this disconnection, the traffic light signal switches automatically. Will Farley, a traffic engineer for the city, said he felt the signal was giving too much time for southbound vehicles turning left and not enough time for northbound through traffic.

"The northbound direction is getting a little more red time than it typically would," he said.

Late Thursday afternoon, the Oregon Department of Transportation, which manages the signal, agreed to adjust it as soon as it can, Citizen Information Specialist Katy Kerklaan said.

Farley said they discussed the issue before the detector was cut, but that they didn't know what the timing was set to and that coordinating with ODOT took time. Kerklaan added that the city usually waits to see how traffic patterns are impacted following the cutting of detection loops, as sometimes they are not hampered significantly.

"We appreciate everyone's patience and apologize for the delays," Kerklaan said.

Kerklaan and Farley had seen traffic backed up as far as Glenmorrie Drive, which is over a mile away from Foothills Road.

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