Durham signal lights malfunctioning

DURHAM — A third of Durham’s traffic light signals malfunctionedWednesday evening, creating confusion and some traffic delays forcommuters.

The lights began flashing yellow and red at around 5:30 p.m. inscattered areas throughout the city, said Beverly B. Thompson,Durham’s public affairs director.

During rush hour, police manned busy intersections while repair crewswere sent to individual lights to fix the problem. Drivers were urgedto proceed cautiously through affected intersections.

The N.C. Department of Transportation, along with the city, is in theprocess of upgrading the signals and Wednesday’s problems appear tobe a glitch in the system, Thompson said.

Lights are expected to be operating normally by midnight.