New traffic technology promises shorter commute

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - On your morning commute or heading home, it can be an East Texas traffic nightmare.

But a high tech traffic program may soon make Tyler's Loop 323 easier to handle. Wednesday morning Tyler City Council unanimously voted for an advanced system capable of taking minutes off your drive.

Tyler is expanding their Adaptive Control System in phases, from intersections on South Broadway to two new sections on Loop 323. Twenty-one new intersections will be added to the system, also called ACS, allowing cameras to capture valuable data for the program at Tyler's traffic headquarters.

Traffic Engineer Justin Smith follows the traffic flow right from his computer. "It's making adjustments every five minutes," said Smith. "It watches and sees where it can steal time from."

Saturation bars show the congestion of the listed intersections. Once they get too red, timing adjustments are made.

Tyler was the first city in the state to try the ACS system.  Officials say if everything goes to schedule the new and improved loop could be up and running by this summer.

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