Have you ever felt like Austin traffic signals are a little uncoordinated?
As if it’s impossible to go down a major road without stopping twenty
times along the way? Well, it turns out that poor stoplight timing actually
is the case and the city is scrambling to do something about it.
Austin currently has one signal engineer. A second engineer retired last
week and the city is now conducting a nationwide search for a replacement.
A third engineer is also set to be hired soon. Additionally, the city
council has just approved spending $200,000 for a Houston consultant group
to examine 600 lights outside of downtown and come up with timing plans.
The last update for downtown traffic lights was completed in February
by two traffic consultants at a cost of $100,000.
Of course, coordinating traffic signals isn’t easy business. Traffic
flow fluctuates rapidly between different times. The morning and evening
rush hours require different traffic light plans than 11 at night or 4
in the afternoon. Moreover, the layout of the city is always changing.
New condos, office buildings and construction projects can turn a perfectly
effective traffic light system into a complete nightmare. Any coordination
system completed on one day is prone to becoming obsolete on the next.
The biggest problem with the traffic lights, however, is just the sheer
number of cars that Austin is trying to squeeze down its narrow streets.
The city population has been steadily increasing faster than the roads
are able to keep up. Even well-coordinated lights don’t stand a
chance when put up against the influx of traffic on some of the busiest streets.
So, the next time you’re sitting in Austin traffic wondering why
that light ahead won’t change already, just know that you’re
not going crazy or being impatient. There’s actually a really good
chance that the light is at fault.
While bad stoplights don’t excuse bad driving, accidents are more
prone to happen in congested areas. If you’ve been in a
car accident, you need the legal counsel of the Kyle Law Firm.
Contact us today to learn how you can receive the compensation you deserve.