City of Bryan Bringing Traffic Lights to 21st Century

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Driving around Bryan continues to be a stop and go situation for many drivers as the city's traffic lights continue to run on an aging timing system.

Now the city is working to eliminate a lot of the headaches.

Americans continue to spend more and more time commuting in their cars on ever busier roadways.

Driving in Bryan sometimes seems to not always be smooth sailing.

"Of course like everybody else I get stuck in traffic I noticed a lot of the lights aren't synchronized," said Sister Saint Anthony Chrzanak.

The Sylvania Franciscan Nun spends a lot of time driving on 29th Street in Bryan.

"So if you stop at one and then you get to the next one it might be red when you're coming and it doesn't turn green for a long time," she said.

Nobody likes getting stuck at one red light after another while driving, but the City of Bryan is giving the green light to installing smarter traffic lights.

Starting next year half of the city's traffic lights will be tied into a new computer system which will allow the traffic lights to communicate with each other and should make traffic flow a little bit more smoothly.

"The last component which we've recently started working on is to implement a wireless communications system with our signals where we can communicate to all these signals on these corridors and to have a central location to communicate," said Dale Picha, the Director of Traffic and Transportation for Bryan.

Picha said other improvements are under way including installing LED lights which save on power consumption and motion cameras that help control intersections.

Other plans include retiming all of Texas Avenue, all of 29th Street and Briarcrest at Villa Maria.

"And you can see like on this side that traffic is moving clearing out the left turn so the cameras are able to do. Before this we had a fixed time operation it was very inefficient," said Picha.

"I hit red lights every day driving to Blinn and I mean it just sounds like a great deal to me," said Cody Dean, a Bryan driver.

So it makes it easier for people and if people have it easier to drive there's less hassle, less hassle," said Sister Saint Anthony Chrzanak.

Less hassle and maybe even a little less stress for your commute.

The project is expected to cost up to $550,000 with 80 percent of it being paid for by a grant from the State Comptroller's Office.

The rest of the improvements are expected to take place within six to twelve months.

The City of College Station already has fiber and radio connections in place to keep their traffic lights synchronized.