How does Lafayette time its traffic lights?

If you ever find yourself driving along Ambassador Caffery, especially during peak hours for traffic, chances are you’ve lost your patience waiting for a light to change in your favor.

Trust me, the Traffic God’s aren’t out to get you. According to officials with Lafayette Consolidated Government, hours of planning and research go into timing traffic lights.

The Hub City grows year after year; that means more drivers on the roadways. As traffic lights basically dictate the flow of our lives–when to go when to slow down and when to stop…no one seems to know exactly how they work.

“Some of them seem to take a little longer than other ones and with the amount of traffic the city has, sometimes it can get a little frustrating,” said Daniel Wyatt. Jessie Johannessen says, “I don’t know if they’re regulated by somebody pressing a button or if they’re on bad timing.”

City-Parish Transportation Engineer, Warren Abadie says, about 55,000 vehicles travel through the intersection at Johnston and Ambassador every day.

What he does as an Engineer is gather that data, and traffic patterns of adjacent intersections to determine the amount time each light stays red, green, or yellow. If you feel a traffic light is not timed properly, Abadie says to call the traffic maintenance office.

“Each one of our traffic signals is connected through LUS Fiber so, we can view it and change it from the office, we can view the statistics about each traffic signal from the office.”

If you observe a problem with a traffic signal, call Abadie at 291-8548.

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