Officials and citizens looking at ways to improve city traffic

Officials and citizens looking at ways to improve city traffic

POSTED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 5:47pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 5:49pm

The Tyler 1st Steering Committee and city officials discussed transportation during a meeting Tuesday night.

The city and the committee have a plan, now called Tyler 1st, that was developed back in 2007.

One of the components of the plan deals with transportation.

"Now with Tyler 1st, we want them to give us additional ideas, emphasize priorities, where do we go from here as far as transportation is concerned," said City Traffic Engineer Peter Eng.

Eng says traffic congestion is always a number one topic among citizens in Tyler.

"Broadway and the Loop and Old Bullard and the Loop, if your turning left on Old Bullard good luck," said Tyler resident Charlene Warren.

According to a survey the city conducted back in July, 75% of residents say traffic congestion is important and 85% say public safety is.

"We asked citizens what their feelings were, what were the level of importance on topics," said City Planner Heather Nick.

Eng says to help alleviate some of the traffic, Tyler converted about 50 of its traffic signals to flashing yellow arrows.

They also will be adding a fifth adaptive control system, which calculates what happens at an intersection every 15 minutes and predicts how it should adjust itself to accommodate traffic.

The city also hopes with the construction finished on Grande Blvd. and the opening of Toll 49, it will relieve some of the congestion on Broadway.

"We knew that would help but you know we got a growing city," said Tyler Resident Ron Schafer.

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