The Longest Red Light in America is 5 Minutes, 30 Seconds Long
Think of all the things in your life that take five minutes to complete. For instance, you could order fast food at the drive-thru speaker, pay and have one, maybe two bites in under five minutes. You could listen to two Taylor Swift songs almost in their entirety. You could grab a shower in five minutes or less. But what if you had to wait at a traffic light for five minutes or longer? The people in West Milford, New Jersey do it.
The longest red light in America is located in West Milford, New Jersey. It's at the intersection of Route 23 and Clinton Avenue. It's actually two traffic lights with a combined wait time of about 5 minutes, 30 seconds.
The two red lights are timed to last up to two minutes 45 seconds. The green light only lasts only 8 seconds.
New Jersey Department of Transportation has received hundreds of complaints about the red lights but has no plans to change or alter the two traffic light's timing. They are both adjusted to ease rush hour traffic.
Residents in the area of Clinton Avenue and Route 23 waste approximately 20 hours a year at the infamous, yet, unpopular traffic signals.
According to the New York Times, the second-longest red light in America is in Delaware. That one will eat up about 4 minutes of your time.