Austin re-times dozens of signals to keep traffic moving


SHANNON: AUSTIN’S TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT SAYS IT’S REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF TIME DRIVERS SPEND SITTING IN TRAFFIC.. BY ADJUSTING SIGNAL LIGHT TIMING. THE LATEST EXAMPLE — TAKE A LIVE LOOK AT TRAFFIC EXITING OFF OF SOUTHBOUND I-35.. TRYING TO MAKE ITS WAY ONTO US 183. THERE’S NO FLYOVER OR CONNECTOR… SO CARS TEND TO BACK UP ALONG THE FRONTAGE ROAD – ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN — TRYING TO GET TO THE US 183 RAMPS THE CITY SAYS TIMING ADJUSTMENTS AT THE US 183- GEORGIAN DRIVE/NORTHCREST BOULEVARD INTERSECTION.. HAVE INCREASED “GREEN” LIGHT TIMES BY MORE THAN 40-PERENT. KXAN’S AMANDA DUGAN CHECKED OUT THE INTERSECTION.. TO SHOW US HOW IT’S WORKING. (IT CAN GET REALLY, REALLY BUSY AND BACKED UP)AMANDA SPEAKING: CATH DOWNS TRAVELS THROUGH THE INTERSECTION AT 183 AND GEORGIAN DRIVE/NORTHCREST BOULEVARD.. THREE TIMES A WEEK TO VOLUNTEER AT THE AUSTIN HUMANE SOCIETY. SHE SAYS SHE’S NOTICED SHE’S SPENDING LESS TIME IN TRAFFIC BACKUPS.(IT’S GOTTEN ME HERE SAFER AND FASTER AND I THINK IT’S A GOOD THING)IT’S A GOOD THING)FASTER AND I THINK IT’S A GOOD THING) AMANDA SPEAKING: THE CHANGE IS PART OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN’S ONGOING SIGNAL RETIMING PROGRAM. ENGINEERS DETERMINED THAT REPLACING RED LIGHTS WITH FLASHING YELLOW LEFT-TURN ARROWS.. REDUCED WAIT TIMES FOR DRIVERS HEADED ALONG GEORGIAN/NORTHCREST.. TO TURN ONTO THE 183 FRONTAGE ROAD.THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENTS SAYS INTERSECTIONS BETWEEN TWO MAJOR ROADS.. TEND TO BE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES.(JIM DALE SOT)AMANDA SPEAKING: (JIM DALE SOT)CHALLENGES. (JIM DALE SOT)AMANDA SPEAKING: THE CITY OF AUSTIN RE-TIMES ABOUT A THIRD OF IT’S NEARLY ONE THOUSAND TRAFFIC SIGNALS EVERY YEAR. THE CITY SAYS IT’S CRITICAL TO STAY ON SCHEDULE SO THEY MEET A THREE YEAR GOAL FOR ALL SIGNALS.() CATH THINKS THERE’S ONE THING THAT WOULD HELP MOST OF ALL…..(I THINK A CONNECTOR WOULD BE REALLY ADVANTAGEOUS. ) SHANNON: SO FAR THIS YEAR.. 39 OF 340 SIGNALS SCHEDULED FOR RE-TIMING HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. THEY INCLUDE LIGHTS ALONG SLAUGHTER LANE BETWEEN I-35 AND ESCARPMENT BOULEVARD. THE CITY SAYS IT’S REDUCED TRAVEL TIME BY 20-PERCENT AND STOPS BY 37-PERCENT. NEXT ON THE LIST… RE-TIMING SIGNALS:-ON SOUTH CONGRESS.. BETWEEN WILLIAM CANNON AND BARTON SPRINGS. -ON LAMAR BOULEVARD BETWEEN 29TH AND MORROW. -AND ON US 183 FRONTAGE ROADS

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