Traffic lights synced to ease traffic
BATON ROUGE - Outdated traffic lights are being replaced to help the flow of traffic in Baton Rouge.
The new light systems along Jefferson Hwy. will be synchronized and can switch to allow emergency vehicles to pass. Other areas will allow extra time for pedestrians and bikers.
It's part of a plan to get all major intersections working together. Eleven intersections along Jefferson Hwy. will now be controlled and monitored from the Traffic Management Center.
"We'll actually know how many people are in the left turn lane, at what point in time, and constantly be able to rework timing based on that," said Chief Traffic Engineer Ingoff Partenheimer.
Current intersections on Jefferson Hwy. are set by clocks. Partenheimer says the clock drifts and the timing isn't as good as it could be.
The new traffic lights will allow for better timed traffic patterns, cameras to monitor the traffic, emergency alert signals and illuminated street signs.
The new light system along Jefferson Hwy. will be complete in the next few months. The next phase will include intersections along Government St. and North and South Foster Dr., followed by Choctaw Dr.