WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News, Weather & Sports

Council Talks Traffic Lights To Speed Up Emmet, 29N Travel

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

June 15, 2013

Charlottesville City Council looking to spend $400,000 on making the drive up Emmet Street and Route 29 a little smoother.

Some say they dread the thought of traveling in that direction, even when they have to.

"If you've got to come this way, then that's the longest. There's certain lights that are really, really long and you can't get there and you know you're going to be late," said Debra Frazier, a Charlottesville resident.

Charlottesville City Council may give the green light to install software in 13 traffic lights up Emmet Street and Hydraulic Road.

Frazier works at The Cavalier Diner right in front of one of the lights heading along Route 29 north that would be synced. She already has to be at work at 5 a.m.

"Yeah, I just try to leave early cause this light is really bad trying to get in here," she said.

Some try to avoid the whole area at all cost.

"I tend to avoid 29 if I know I don't have a lot of time and it's around early afternoon or weekends," said a Darden employee who lives in Washington D.C. "For people who live here it must really slow things down."

City staff reports the InSync company's technology, installed around the country, has reduced stops by 90 percent and travel time by 50 percent.

"I think it would be a good idea to install the system. You always get traffic around here and if I want to go somewhere, I probably don't want to go at that day or that time because of the traffic," said Lobsang Ghodup, a Charlottesville resident.

Frazier says nowadays it's just more crowded in general because of the tons of recent development.

"They keep building and building. Progress is good though it gives everyone jobs but there is a lot, a lot of cars," said Frazier.

Council will approve the money on Monday night's meeting.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 211700881