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The modern look (Y2K)

James Street and Oswego Boulevard
The modern Syracuse signal on display. Syracuse city installations use safety yellow for vehicular and pedestrian signals. Prior to the signal's installation around 2000-2001, this intersection had a plain-Jane stop sign. A long time ago, there may have been lights, as Oswego Boulevard extended out to the corridor which Interstate 81 now occupies. When I-81 was constructed, Oswego Boulevard was truncated. But it has assumed a new importance, because traffic patterns have changed; Erie Boulevard no longer runs through Clinton Square, and all westbound traffic is routed onto this little stretch of road. Photo taken June 2001.

Up Close, though not personal

James Street and Oswego Boulevard
Here is a detailed look at a pedestrian signal, typical of the new installations. Manufactured by Liverpool-based Traffic Control Technologies, formerly Crouse-Hinds, this signal’s casing is polyarbonate. TCT casings have remained the same since the present style debuted around 1967. The look changed in 1999, when new-style visors started appearing. Note the form-fitting base on which the signal head is attached to. June 2001

East Adams Street, at Syracuse University
Due to increased traffic, these new mastarms await the start of operation in the summer of 2001. Syracuse started using tubular masts around 1970 or so, and their numbers have steadily increased through the years. Photo taken June 2001.