Tedious, yet necessary maintenance process for Jonesboro

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It's a tedious process, but someone has to do it.

The City of Jonesboro has roughly 85 stop lights in the city, half of which have crosswalk buttons, equaling over 300 buttons that need to be maintained.

"We've been at it a few months now and we're probably a quarter of the way through," City of Jonesboro, Traffic Operations Engineer, Mark Nichols told Region 8 News.

Technicians with the city go out when they can making sure those crosswalk buttons are functioning properly.

"We've just been going site to site really, making sure they're all working correctly," Nichols explained. They have to go 'site to site' because unless a button is stuck or someone calls to let them know it's not working, "there's really no good way to check that other than go out in the field."

So for the past few months, that's what they've been doing. Walking around to each of the crosswalk buttons, pushing them to see if they work and if not, determining why it's broken.

"It's not uncommon to see the button, itself, actually missing...or this contracter, this is just an electrical switch, sometimes just with getting old, being out there ten-plus years, sometimes that contracter there needs to be replaced," Nichols explained.

He said this is more than just a safety issue.

"We have 8-plus million dollars worth of assets so maintenance of those is really important."

And it's more than just a tedious job.

"It's really a never ending process. Once we get done we'll probably start making sure everything's working properly," he said.

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