City of Tyler to invest $342K into traffic signals, intersection improvements

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 5:23 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2021 at 10:34 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Wednesday Tyler City Council approved a $341,800 project to improve traffic signals and intersections across the city.

Most of the funding will come from the Texas Department of Transportation and the federal government. Cameron Williams a city of Tyler traffic engineer says the provided funding from TxDOT and the federal government saved the city $2.1 million in construction costs. The project will consist of improvements to crosswalk improvements to New Copeland Road, the intersections of West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Broadway Ave and Palace Ave. as well as the crosswalk of North Broadway and West 26th St.

“We want to provide opportunities for all modes of travel from walking to vehicles and so being able to improve those crossing conditions to provide safer opportunities and more information for pedestrians is a focus,” said Williams.

Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation will pay for 90 percent of the construction costs and the city will pay 10 percent.

Traffic signal improvements are also a big part of the project. The traffic signal and pedestrian signals are set to be upgraded on the intersection of South Broadway Ave. and Robert E. Lee Dr. Gentry Pkwy. is also set to get signal improvements on nine different intersections. Funding for this project will come 10 percent from the TxDOT and 90 percent from federal funding. Williams believes this can help for the future.

“It gives us the ability to remotely check on those signals to see how they are doing and make adjustments if needed and also improve vehicle detection capabilities,” said Williams.

Construction for Gentry Parkway, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and South Broadway Ave. are set to begin in 2022 with the other projects set to begin in 2023.

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