Disabled traffic loop detectors contribute to increased commute times during the repaving of Meheula Parkway. The detectors, which are placed on roads and sense cars at traffic lights, are cut in areas that road construction crews work. Consequently, traffic lights are set on timers, which don't adjust to changing traffic conditions. This results in long wait times during both peak and non-peak hours. This issue was exacerbated by the increased traffic through Meheula Parkway at the start of the public school year.
The city's Department of Transportation Services said that problems experienced on the first day of the new school year prompted a reexamination of traffic timers on Meheula Parkway. The city and contractor meet weekly to go over the repaving project, but the contractor has control over the construction schedule.
Meheula Parkway is still on track to be completed by the end of the year, though weather and other factors can delay construction.