The Jerusalem Public Works (DPW) is suing city leaders for millions in damages in a lawsuit filed on Thursday over the city’s decision to install a new traffic signal, which would have caused an uptick in accidents.
The Jerusalem Public Security Unit sued in the Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday, saying the traffic signal would have led to more traffic accidents and caused “an increase in traffic accidents.”
The case will go to the Jerusalem High Court in the coming days.
According to the lawsuit, the DPW received complaints from the public regarding the traffic light from October 2013 to February 2014, with the most serious cases occurring during the month of October.
According the lawsuit filed by the DPZ, a DPW employee at the time of the accident, identified only as “R,” told the public that the new traffic light was designed to reduce accidents and reduce traffic congestion.
According this information, the traffic signals were designed to increase traffic in the center of the city, reduce congestion in the neighborhoods, and increase the visibility of the traffic lights, he added.
A public hearing was held on the traffic lighting on October 13, 2014, and a final decision was taken on the new design in November 2014.
The DPW said it would have installed the new signals without consulting with the city.
The traffic signal has now been installed in the city since May.
The lawsuit said that the traffic management system has not improved.
The city has not given the DPB enough time to conduct a feasibility study and submit a report on the implementation of the new signal system, the lawsuit said.
In response to the traffic control system, a spokesperson for the DPWB said that there is no official rule for the construction of new traffic signals.
The spokesperson said that a “determined, rigorous, and fair” process was followed by the construction team, adding that the DPWD’s work on the project is “an essential element of public safety.”
In its statement, the city said that since the DPWire worked with the DPWA to conduct the feasibility study, it was not obliged to provide the DPBA with a report to review the implementation.
According, the statement, “the DPW has made it clear to the DPPA that it will not comply with the request by the DPPB to conduct an audit and report on implementation of this project, and will not cooperate with the investigation and prosecution of the DPWP.”
According to an official of the Jerusalem district attorney’s office, the case has been filed in response to an inquiry about traffic safety from the DP.
The lawsuit also says that “the traffic control device is intended to increase the safety of all traffic users and pedestrians.”
In response, the Jerusalem Public Utilities (DPU) said in a statement that “The DPW is aware of the matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”
The DPZ spokesperson did not return calls for comment from The Jerusalem Press Center.
In a statement, a city spokesperson said the lawsuit “is an unfortunate incident and has no merit.”
He said the DPP was “a victim of the law, and our investigation has shown that there was no negligence.”
In the lawsuit the DP said that “in the absence of the information given to us, the implementation plan for the traffic controller was not sufficiently transparent, as the DP was the only entity responsible for this plan.”
The spokesperson also said that DPW did not give the DP a report in 2014 to review their traffic management plan, adding “the implementation of traffic control on a traffic control plan, which was implemented with no input from the Public Security, violates DP laws and public trust.
The implementation plan was based on public consultation and consultation with the Public Services.”
The city said it has since improved the design of the signal and will now install it in all new traffic control signals.
It added that it “is committed to taking every necessary steps to avoid future accidents.”
The Jerusalem Post reported in September that a DPZ employee at a public meeting of DPW representatives at the department said the traffic system would increase accidents and increase congestion, while other members of the public complained about the traffic calming effect of the signals.
Following the traffic jam, the DPUB issued a warning to residents to expect more accidents and congestion.
The department’s deputy director for traffic, Ofer Erez, told the Jerusalem Post in September: “The traffic system will increase accidents.
This is the case because we will install traffic control lights and we will create traffic congestion.”
In a report, the Public Utilities Authority said that traffic light installation was part of the planning process for the project and that it was “completely transparent.”
The agency also said “all traffic signals are being reviewed and approved.”