Downtown Traffic Troubles

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

Good news for people driving in downtown Bowling Green - those annoying traffic lights that stop you at every corner will soon be replaced.

The bids were out on July 27, 2007, requesting prices from companies who can improve the lights.

There are 19 lights that will be affected from Chestnut Street to Center Street and from College Heights Boulevard to 8th Street.

Everyone seems to be put out by the lights - even one of the Bowling Green city engineers is annoyed with the traffic lights downtown.

"I'm driving down the road and gripe about the lights and know that the only person, it's waiting on is our project to fix so I see the frustration," said Melissa Cansler, Assistant City Engineer.

Cansler said these lights can't be fixed.

"A lot of the equipment we have is just out of date," Cansler explained - making it impossible to keep them synchronized.

"Our operations crew can actually come out and sync them, but in about a day they get off time again and your stopping at every intersection," Cansler said. That's why your drive downtown is so unpredictable.

The city is replacing the old lights to help traffic flow.

"Basically we'll be able to control the signals from our office. We can time them," Cansler said. "Say there's a special event downtown. We can re-time the signals to allow for that extra traffic flow."

Not only will you see a change in your drive time, if you're walking downtown you'll also notice improvements.

During the traffic light construction, handicap ramps and sidewalks will also be replaced at downtown intersections.

This project has been in the works for about three years. It will cost the city about $2 million to complete.

Cansler said the city is paying for the project with funds approved in 2005. She also says construction downtown is expected to begin in September or October of 2007.


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