Delays at some intersections caused by DOT adjustment

Published on November 13, 2013 with No Comments

Drivers in Milton might have experienced some recent delays when approaching Highway 90 at three traffic lights downtown.

The reason for this delay has been caused by the Florida Department of Transportation.

“The Department of Transportation made adjustments to traffic signals to better synchronize the lights along the Highway 90 Corridor,” said Tanya Bronson, with the Florida DOT public information office. “Due to these changes the travel time along the Highway 90 Corridor has gotten better when it comes to traffic flow in both directions.”

According to numbers obtained by Bronson from the FDOT engineers, travelers headed east would see a 3.78 percent travel time improvement in the morning and the travel time in the evening would improve by almost 17 percent. Travelers headed west would see a 5.09 percent improvement in the morning hours and a 7.5 percent improvement in the evening.

According to Public Works Director Jerald Ward he became aware of the situation when he received a call from a citizen who commented that the city had messed up its lights.

Ward checked with the head of Milton’s Street Department and learned that the Florida DOT had made the adjustments within the last couple of weeks.

The intersections affected are in the immediate downtown Milton area of Canal St., Elmira St and Willing St.

According to Branson, “One of the purposes of this was not only to reduce travel times along the Highway 90 Corridor, but to also reduce fuel used as well as car emissions.”

She did note that the wait times at these intersections were slightly higher, but Branson was not able to provide the exact amount of time or what the percentages would break down to in travel time along the Highway 90 Corridor.

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