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.

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