MARICOPA — With the help of their listeners, two DJs from Phoenix placed an official plaque for the traffic light at Riggs Road and State Route 347 honoring it as the longest red light in the Valley.
NeanderPaul Marshall and Mark Devine were hosting their typical morning radio show at the classic rock station 100.7 KSLX when a listener brought attention to the Riggs Road and SR 347 stoplight north of Maricopa. The topic of stop lights in the Valley became a mission with the search for the longest red light.
“Everybody experiences red lights, we just got curious to which is the longest in the Valley,” Devine said.
Devine and Marshall then sent out their producer, Gerion Cota, to find out where the most dreaded red light in the Valley is.
The longest red light, with approximately four minutes of wait time, is at Riggs Road and SR 347 going east and west, according to Marshall.
“Let’s face it, with a population growth in Maricopa, you would think at some point, they would fix the 347, especially when there is only one way in and out,” Marshall said.
It’s an issue that has been haunting the residents of Maricopa for years and is expected to keep going as the city continues to grow.
The second longest stoplight was a three-way intersection at 19th and Grand avenues near the state fairgrounds.
“When it’s a three-way or a four-way, it naturally takes longer,” Devine said. “But when it’s a simple way like 347 and Riggs, it’s a universal problem.”
When asked if they received any feedback from the residents of Maricopa on the issue, it was apparent that the light has caused frustration for the drivers.
“It was universally recognized,” Marshall said. “Once we mentioned it on Facebook, people were commenting on how frustrating it is and saying how much they hated that road.”
Devine and Marshall were familiar with the city of Maricopa, where they have visited and even worked in previous years. They understand the importance of a good transportation system in a growing city such as Maricopa.
“I’ve watched the city grow,” Marshall said. “Going from small town to medium to what it is now. Some of these road problems don’t seem like a minor annoyance anymore. It’s all relative.”
The plaque was placed on the morning of July 26 by Devine and Marshall, yet according to Marshall, it had been stolen by the next Monday.
“It was short lived,” Marshall said.