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City of Tyler seeks feedback on downtown traffic signal pilot program

“What the flow of traffic is in downtown?” Varona said. “We want to focus on pedestrians. We want to focus on vehicles. We want to focus on bicycles. What is th
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 2:27 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2021 at 6:39 PM CST
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The City of Tyler is asking for feedback on nine Downtown traffic signals set to red flashing lights for 24 hours a day. The pilot program ran through the month of November and ends Tuesday.

City of Tyler Main Street Director Amber Varona said the program is an opportunity to hear from the community.

“What the flow of traffic is in downtown?” Varona said. “We want to focus on pedestrians. We want to focus on vehicles. We want to focus on bicycles. What is the best way to get that data?”

Intersections in the pilot program include:

West Ferguson Street and North Bonner Avenue

West Ferguson Street and North Bois D’Arc Avenue

West Ferguson Street and North College Avenue

West Erwin Street and North Bonner Avenue

West Erwin Street and North Bois D’Arc Avenue

West Erwin Street and North College Avenue

West Elm Street and North Bonner Avenue

West Elm Street and North Bois D’Arc Avenue

West Elm Street and North College Avenue

“They already flashed red after 7 p.m. and on the weekends so it wasn’t a big stretch. Let’s just extend this and see if it grabs,” Varona said.

Varona said about 98% of those who responded are in favor of the flashing lights.

“They love it. It speeds up their commute time, that they’re not waiting on people that are not there; that it just feels less congested.”

Those opposed wanted clarification.

“There was some nervousness of just not realizing that it was a flashing light and people staying for awhile or not going and confusion,” Varona said.

One community member recommended adding signs at the intersections to make drivers aware of the four-way stop.

“That’s the purpose of this, is to get things that we may not have thought, or people love the program, but wanted to add signage,” Varona said.

They will take the feedback and recommendations for consideration in mid-December.

“We’ll get the data collected and we’ll talk back again to the mayor, to the city manager, deputy city manager and also take those feedback into our design meetings with Toole Design.”

Mayor Don Warren commented on the Downtown Tyler Facebook Page post from November 26th about this program.

“Love them blinking. Great pilot program!! Let’s extend it! It works!”

The Main Street department encourages you to submit any comments or feedback to MainStreet@TylerTexas.com regarding the program’s functionality.

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