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Public Safety Chief investigating a piece of Mitchell’s traffic control history

A city official is looking into a piece of Mitchell’s traffic control history that’s sat for years at the Traffic Department. Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg says it’s a mechanical traffic signal. “It’s a wind-up device and it’s got like clock-work mechanism, and it turns every so many seconds,” said Overweg. “From a green ‘go’ to a red ‘stop’, and in between there’s a yellow ‘caution’”.

This mechanical traffic control device has been sitting in the Traffic Department for year.

He says it’s a vintage piece of Mitchell history that works and wants the public to see it. “We may put it in our training room at the Department of Public Safety, or if we put it here at City Hall, or at the Carnegie Muesum (Resource Center), or something like that,”Overweg said.

A wind-up mechanism operates the vintage traffic signal.

Overweg says a 1930 newspaper clipping indicates a traffic signal was placed at the corner of Third and Main that operated from 7 am to 7pm. He’s asking anyone who may have information to contact him.

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