Increase in traffic prompts change at intersection

Published 12:30 am Sunday, December 14, 2008

Impatient drivers waiting on the traffic lights at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Miss. 43 North might see some relief with the installation of some new technology.

Changes being planned will involve installation of wireless traffic detection devices at all four corners of the intersection to make better use of green light time, said Mississippi Department of Transportation Intern Engineer Suzanne Dees.

Work to install the lights was scheduled for Thursday, but the snow put the project on hold, Dees said. A new date has not been set, but she said the work could begin as earlyas week week, or as late as next month. Once the work begins, intallation of the devices should only take a day or two to finish, including the readjustment to the traffic light pattern, she said.

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Currently, traffic at the intersection backs up during peak hours, especially on the south bound lane of U.S. 11.

Dees said the installation of the sensors is an effort to keep that from happening. The sensors will be operational day in and day out and the current traffic light pattern will be compensated to accommodate them.

Improved use of green light time is the goal of the new equipment’s installation and the aim will be to apply that green light time to lanes that have traffic in them, instead of it being wasted on an empty lane, Dees said.

The cost to do the work will be about $14,000, Dees said.