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Is there a rumor you’ve heard that you would like to track down? Is there something in the city — like playground equipment or a pothole — that needs to be fixed? Rick Romano answers some of the mysteries of life in Wauwatosa and helps solve everyday problems.

Why is there no left turn arrow at eastbound State Street at 68th Street?

Issue: Our reader asked that, noting the other three directions at the intersection have the arrows.

“At busy times, eastbound rivers wanting to turn north often miss a light sequence or two waiting for westbound traffic to clear.”

Status: Within the past decade, the Department of Transportation and Canadian Pacific Rail hired an engineering consultant to reconfigure the sequencing of lights for traffic in the aftermath of several traffic accidents, said Randy Michelz, the city’s traffic and electrical superintendent.

“It’s a state-of-the-art intersection,” Michelz said. “I am not aware of the exact reason there is no arrow at that light, but I can only say that it may be the traffic studies at the time did not require one.”

City Engineer Bill Wehrley confirmed that engineers at the time of the study measured the traffic volume to determine the need for a left turn lane and arrow. He said the 68th Street intersection at State Street will be part of a road reconstruction that is scheduled in a couple of years.

“When that happens there will be another traffic volume study,” Wehrley said. "If a left turn arrow is required, we would probably also put in a left turn lane and that would mean we would also reconfigure curbing.”

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