Traffic Study Shortens Commutes

Blount County (WVLT) - A new traffic study may just get you to your destinations a little faster. The cities of Alcoa and Maryville are teaming up to get their traffic lights on the same color for drivers passing through the towns. It could also mean a green light for better air quality.

"If you change timing of lights, traffic will flow more efficiently, thereby saving drivers time, gas, the emissions," Angie Luckie says.

Before the study, this route took about 7 minutes, 45 seconds.

"Traffic is just flowing a lot better, people are getting to their destinations faster," Luckie says.

We're at the mall at Foothills Parkway at 6 minutes and 50 seconds, that's about 55 seconds less than before the study.

We're going to head northbound all the way up to the split, it should take us eight minutes... but before the study it took nine minutes and 15-seconds."

The light at Walmart caused lots of problems when doing this study because people had to wait so long in the turning lane.

"During peak times A.M. or P.M., it is not uncommon for a motorist to sit through three and four cycles before they would clear the intersection, especially on 129 going North or South," Kenny Wiggins says.

That only took us about six-minutes...

"...So we must have gotten through a few lights, we got lucky," Wiggins continues.

Before the study, headed southbound, this took 8 and a half minutes to get to Lamar Alexander, that's 321, now it should only take us 5 minutes and 4 seconds.

"The big improvement there is that the signals are coordinated now -- they're synchronized so basically one signal knows what the next signal's doing," Wiggins says.

Okay, we're here. That only took us 4 and a half minutes, granted we only got one of about seven stop lights.

Before the study, this took 7 minutes and 15 seconds, now it should only take 4 minutes and 10 seconds.

"I've had people say it cuts five-minutes off my travel time in the morning which is pretty significant on a twenty-minute drive," Luckie says.

Now, we're on Louisville Road, it took us three minutes and 55 seconds, so we beat the clock again!

"For the motorist, the convenience is the most important thing on that morning or that afternoon when they're trying to get to and from work," Wiggins says.

A grant for more than $200,000 paid for the study, and with every dollar spent, drivers will save 38-dollars.


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