Chris Jasion: A timing issue

June 20, 2014 

In regards to the June 18 article “ New traffic patterns cdming to Downtown”: I would like to suggest that if the NCDOT wants to improve traffic in downtown Raleigh, it should synchronize the lights on the north and southbound streets (McDowell, Dawson, Person, Blount, etc.). When you’re sitting at McDowell and Morgan streets at 5 p.m. and the light in front of you changes after the light you’re at, this creates stop and go traffic. This contradicts the idea of traffic engineering.

I drive through downtown five days a week, and every day it is stop and go, not due to the volume of vehicles but because nonsynchronized traffic lights are impeding the flow of traffic.

Synchronize the lights on the main thoroughfares, and you will eliminate half the congestion.

Chris Jasion, Wake Forest

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