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Traffic light timing could improve in Knoxville

7:08 PM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
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The string of red lights that run back-to-back but don't appear to sync up along Broadway and Kingston Pike remain a consistent complaint from drivers.

Tuesday night, the Knoxville City Council could approve two resolutions that would lead to an upgrade.

The resolutions would authorize signal timing upgrades along Kingston Pike from Cherokee Boulevard to Bridgewater Road.  Also, timing along Broadway from Jackson Avenue to I-640 would be reworked.

John Hunter, Knoxville's Chief Traffic Engineer, said federal air quality funds would fix the timing troubles. 

"Rough cost for the two projects [combined] is a quarter of a million dollars," Hunter said.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation would design an improved timing plan by March.

"City staff will then go to every signalized intersection and put the new timing in place," Hunter explained.

A 15% improvement in drive time is possible, according to the traffic engineer.

The city council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the main assembly room of the City County Building.

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