Tyler's traffic problem: Got any suggestions?
POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 5:31pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 2:05pm
TYLER — US 69 or South Broadway made #82 on TXDOT's '100 Most Congested List.'
Specifically the section from Grande to Kilrush -- which is down by Toll 49.
Mandy Jones has a disability...so she takes cabs and buses all over Tyler...
She says she spends a lot of her time on public transportation sitting in traffic.
So we asked her the same thing we asked many East Texans...got any suggestions?
"Maybe some bridges or...maybe some way that we can maybe get around to expand that just a little bit," Jones said.
We also posed the question on KETK's Facebook page...and got a lot of response.
Ronnie Greer says "The turn lanes in the medians at lights are much too short, causing left turn traffic to back up into the left lane. Add that to individuals in the right lane turning every 10 feet and the only moving lane is the center lane. What a mess."
Marlena Sanders says "Build overpasses and build businesses in other parts of Tyler besides the south. Why are they cramming everything on Broadway anyway?"
KETK spoke with TXDOT's Larry Krantz.
He says there is not much that can be done with Broadway as far as changing the actual roadway.
"It obviously can't be widened without damaging out businesses. Building an overpass would be cost prohibitive," Krantz said.
In the long term, Krantz says they're looking to Toll 49 to relieve some of the traffic for those whose destination is not Tyler but simply to pass through.