POSTED: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 7:17pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 7:26pm
TYLER-- City officials say the number of people that drive in and out of Tyler every day is nearly double the city's population. Today, council members voted in a new plan they say will help relieve the congestion.
It's called the adaptive control system, and it uses cameras on traffic signals to measure traffic volume. Then, it adjusts the lights accordingly. The city installed 16 of these cameras on South Broadway and a small portion of Loop 323 in 2007. City engineer Justin Smith says it has trimmed down travel time in those areas, and he hopes it will do the same when the cameras go on Loop 323.
The city plans to put cameras on 21 traffic signals on the South, East, and West side of Loop 323. They expect it to cost around $80,000, and they already have the money set aside in a fund.
The cameras are all expected to be installed by next summer.