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City Leaders Exploring New Stoplights to Speed Up Traffic

Congestion and traffic concerns has the Bryant Mayor looking into an upgraded stop light system that could get you through some of the major streets there just a bit faster.
BRYANT, AR - Throughout ones life the total amount of time the average driver spends sitting at red lights is roughly six months.

That's too much according to city leaders in one central Arkansas town who are trying to figure out ways to speed up your commute.

Congestion and traffic concerns has the Bryant Mayor looking into an upgraded stop light system that could get you through some of the major streets there just a bit faster.

According to Mayor Jill Dabbs there are certain times of the day where drivers are sitting too long at the red lights while they're waiting to get from point A to point B.

Certain street construction projects are underway right now which they hope will help alleviate congestion short-term. Long-term they are trying to find a solution to certain problems the city leaders see right now.

"We have congestion problems in the city of Bryant," explained Mayor Dabbs. "We know that population is going to continue to increase. We are one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Arkansas. These are all good problems to have and we just need to look for opportunities to solve these problems."

If the system they explored Monday was ever implemented it would work by keeping up with traffic count, knowing how many cars are waiting all in an effort to keep traffic moving by increasing or decreasing light period length based on red light conditions.

Bryant currently has 8 stop lights that stretch primarily along Reynolds Road and Highway 5.

The Mayor had no estimate on when they would move forward after only looking into the possibility or how much the project would cost.

The city is only in the very beginning stages of exploring the possibility.
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