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|Zach|
04-26-2005, 05:19 AM
Springtown news. :)

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-04-20-traffic-signals_x.htm

Nation's traffic signals get a D-minus for delays
By Larry Copeland, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON The nation's traffic lights are woefully inefficient and outdated, forcing frustrated commuters to sit in congestion, waste gasoline and pollute the air, a traffic engineering group said Wednesday.

Two-thirds of 378 traffic agencies in 49 states don't actively monitor traffic lights, or they simply respond to problems as they occur, the Washington-based Institute of Transportation Engineers reported. Overall, the nation's traffic signals earned a D-minus, the group said in a report card on its Web site.

"While traffic signals do turn green, yellow and red, they are not operating as efficiently as they should," says Shelley Row, the group's associate executive director. "The traffic changes during the day. (Agencies) need to be able to time the signals differently at different points during the day. "

A study by a Maryland researcher last year found that 35% of the nation's traffic agencies had not retimed their traffic signals in 10 years. That means they haven't responded to business and residential growth that affects traffic patterns, says Philip Tarnoff, director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology at the University of Maryland. "The costs (of traffic signal management) compared to building a highway are trivial," he says. "The question is why isn't it being done more often?"

The stakes are high. Ideal management of traffic lights would cut delays by 15%-20%, reduce travel time by up to 25%, cut emissions by up to 22% and reduce gas consumption by up to 10%, according to the transportation engineers, who conducted their survey with the Federal Highway Administration and other groups. The survey estimates that improving traffic signal operations would cost about $965 million a year.

Two cities that get stellar marks for managing traffic lights are Bellevue, Wash., and Springfield, Mo.

Bellevue (population 120,000) connects 90% of 172 traffic lights to a centralized network that includes 20 cameras, traffic engineering manager Mark Poch says. "That allows us to make adjustments for events that are happening right now," he says.

An example: About 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, construction on northwest Fourth Street forced the closure of one westbound lane on the six-lane road. Engineers adjusted the timing of traffic lights on Fourth Street to take time away from drivers on intersecting streets to compensate for the closed lane, Poch says.

In Springfield, engineers use cameras to monitor 28 miles of roads and 100 traffic lights and alert drivers to problems, says Earl Newman, assistant public works director. Voters in the city of 156,000 have approved eight local sales tax initiatives to reduce congestion, which ranks as the public's top concern, he says.

"It's higher than crime," he says. "We don't have the congestion of a major city, and the citizens don't want it to become like that."

Rukdafaidas
04-26-2005, 05:27 AM
I can't stand driving in Springfield. Although the new James River extension helps tremendously, it still takes forever to get to the heart of the city.
A few years ago, I decided to take Sunshine off of 65 Hwy to go to Bass Pro, it took me around 40 minutes to go what, 4 miles? I would expect that in a city like Chicago, but not Springfield.

Bob Dole
04-26-2005, 05:37 AM
What about the lost revenues for the business people who sell stuff to motorists at red lights? Did they consider the economic impact of that?

MOhillbilly
04-26-2005, 07:03 AM
its a damn shot better than it used to be.

Ralphy Boy
04-26-2005, 08:10 AM
I can't stand driving in Springfield. Although the new James River extension helps tremendously, it still takes forever to get to the heart of the city.
A few years ago, I decided to take Sunshine off of 65 Hwy to go to Bass Pro, it took me around 40 minutes to go what, 4 miles? I would expect that in a city like Chicago, but not Springfield.

That had to have been rush hour, but getting thru the middle of town is the biggest pain. Chestnut and Kansas "Expressways" aren't Expressways at all, they just have median's in the middle of the road to restrict people getting on or off the road except thru the stoplights. I'm not a traffic expert, maybe that makes them "Expressways".

Count Zarth
04-26-2005, 08:13 AM
My cousin's always bitching about that one road in Springfield...it's super-congested.

Saggysack
04-26-2005, 08:15 AM
FINALLY! Springfield now has something to be proud about.

|Zach|
04-26-2005, 08:16 AM
My cousin's always bitching about that one road in Springfield...it's super-congested.
Prob national.

I don't know, there is a ton of them.

Skip Towne
04-26-2005, 08:18 AM
That intersection at Kansas Ex and Sunshine has been horrid for about two years. At least they work on it a little bit each week.

Count Zarth
04-26-2005, 08:18 AM
Prob national.

I don't know, there is a ton of them.

It's like the "main road" where he lives. There's a frozen custard place on it.

Sorry I don't live in Springfield. ROFL

Donger
04-26-2005, 08:19 AM
Heh. Bitching about traffic in Springfield?

|Zach|
04-26-2005, 08:19 AM
It's like the "main road" where he lives. There's a frozen custard place on it.

Sorry I don't live in Springfield. ROFL
Glendstone.

Count Zarth
04-26-2005, 08:20 AM
Prob national.

I don't know, there is a ton of them.

Just checked a map. I believe it's Campbell Ave.

ChiefsOne
04-26-2005, 09:13 AM
It's like the "main road" where he lives. There's a frozen custard place on it.

Sorry I don't live in Springfield. ROFL


It's S. Campbell. Not bad around Andy's Custard, but going south getting on James River Expressway really sucks on Friday. Nobody works on Friday in Springfield!

beavis
04-26-2005, 09:19 AM
Heh. Bitching about traffic in Springfield?
Cracks me up too. Hell, KC isn't even bad compared to most towns. ROFL

Demonpenz
04-26-2005, 10:33 AM
maybe if they moved half of the eleventeen hundred china buffett out...

RedandGold
04-26-2005, 11:41 AM
That intersection at Kansas Ex and Sunshine has been horrid for about two years. At least they work on it a little bit each week.

The intersection at Battlefield and Glenstone isn't exactly a picnic either.

I have a strange feeling that whoever wrote this article has never actually driven there.

philfree
04-26-2005, 11:47 AM
The great thing bout Springfield is if you know your way around there's almost always a short cut or a long cut that has no traffic to deal with. You're also never more then 10 minutes from the country.


PhilFree:arrow:

ChiefsCountry
04-26-2005, 11:50 AM
Springfield is bad in some spots, but if you know the backways around it is easy. My knock on the town is that they should have ran I-44 where Chesnut Expressway is, but other than it isn't that bad.

Tribal Warfare
04-26-2005, 11:51 AM
I can't stand driving in Springfield. Although the new James River extension helps tremendously, it still takes forever to get to the heart of the city.
A few years ago, I decided to take Sunshine off of 65 Hwy to go to Bass Pro, it took me around 40 minutes to go what, 4 miles? I would expect that in a city like Chicago, but not Springfield.


The Drivers in Springfield are damn maniacs also. I was in the passing lane on I-44 trying to hit Kansas Expressway then this asshole in the right lane starts going 80 MPH while I had my right turn signal on. I had to go well over 100 to get past that dick ,and thank god there wasn't highway patrolman on the street that day.

JimNasium
04-26-2005, 11:51 AM
The intersection at Battlefield and Glenstone isn't exactly a picnic either.

I have a strange feeling that whoever wrote this article has never actually driven there.
Having lived in both New York City and New Orleans I think I can say with great confidence that there are not significant traffic issues in Springfield. Sure it gets congested for 30 minutes each morning and evening but for the most part we have it pretty darn good. Try sitting in traffic on I-10 for an hour just to go eight miles. It puts things into perspective.

JimNasium
04-26-2005, 11:52 AM
Springfield is bad in some spots, but if you know the backways around it is easy. My knock on the town is that they should have ran I-44 where Chesnut Expressway is, but other than it isn't that bad.
Yep, you can avoid a lot of headaches if you choose your route wisely.

Skip Towne
04-26-2005, 12:12 PM
Yep, you can avoid a lot of headaches if you choose your route wisely.
How was the traffic in Pine Bluff?

JimNasium
04-26-2005, 12:14 PM
How was the traffic in Pine Bluff?
On the river or on the road?

|Zach|
04-26-2005, 12:36 PM
Having lived in both New York City and New Orleans I think I can say with great confidence that there are not significant traffic issues in Springfield. Sure it gets congested for 30 minutes each morning and evening but for the most part we have it pretty darn good. Try sitting in traffic on I-10 for an hour just to go eight miles. It puts things into perspective.
Having kicked JimNasium's ass in both New York and New Orleans I think I can say with great confidence that it was better beating his ass and leaving him in the streets of NO so that he was assured to smell like the piss the next morning.