Bob Townsend’s transition from simple cabinetmaker to inventor of a hurricane-proof traffic signal started one day in 2004 as he watched his wife run a red light on Southern Boulevard.
It was about a week after Hurricane Frances, and now another storm — Ivan — was bearing down on South Florida. But what the Townsends didn’t know was that county traffic engineers had removed many traffic signals from intersections in an effort to reduce their chances of being blown down and destroyed.
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