MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — Last month News 2 told you about how Nashville is tackling traffic specifically the timing of traffic signals.
Viewers wanted to know what’s being done to help ease congestion in other cities like Mt Juliet.
Traffic is hard to miss on Mt. Juliet Road near the Providence Marketplace. News 2 was there during rush hour and witnessed the back up.
Zack Shreeve, who works at the Providence Marketplace, said he spends 20 minutes just sitting at red lights.
“Coming from here around 5 p.m. is absolutely horrible. It’s just break lights the whole way,” Shreeve told News 2.
“Sometimes you can wait for half an hour just with all the lights and around providence,” said Carey Page Cunningham, a driver in Mt. Juliet. She said it makes her feel frustrated. “I try not to get road rage,” she said.
“It definitely takes longer than it should to get where you need to go,” said Stephanie Mackie, a Mt. Juliet driver.
Mt. Juliet City Engineer Andy Barlow said the heaviest traffic is in the commercialized areas south of the interstate on Mt. Juliet road.
Barlow added that congestion should improve by early summer because what’s being called the “adaptive signal control technology plan” is in the works. The plan focuses on eight intersections on Mt. Juliet Road. He said the signals haven’t changed in about three years but the traffic got worse.
“It basically adjusts real time to the traffic patterns that you have out there to try and most efficiently manage the traffic flow,” said Barlow.
Currently the traffic lights there are on a fixed time but with the new system it will vary.
The traffic lights will sense cars at and approaching the intersection through video and radar.
Barlow said that means you could potentially drive through the corridor without ever stopping.
“It will definitely make my life easier, that’s for sure,” Shreeve said about the plan, adding that he’s excited.
If the system proves to minimize traffic, Barlow said he will likely expand the program to other Mt. Juliet intersections.
News 2 checked with other cities. Hendersonville is working on a similar plan to tackle traffic. Brentwood is changing the timing on the signals but isn’t implementing the new “adaptive” technology just yet.
It is something city will consider in the future.
Brentwood is implementing what’s called a “time of day plan, ” which would synchronize traffic signals and help alleviate congestion.