TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Works will begin the process this week of rolling out some improvements to the traffic light synchronization timing on several roads in the Golden Triangle area of the County. The changes will help improve traffic flow through major intersections by reducing delays and wait times at traffic signals in an effort to reduce fossil-fuel emissions.
Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Inc. (TOA) assisted County staff with pinpointing target areas within the County that can benefit by retiming of the traffic lights. TOA will also be working with County staff on implementing the changes. Funding for the study and roll-out of the changes was made available through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant* program.
“The goal of the traffic light retiming is to improve traffic flow by reducing the number of stops motorists experience along the mainline of travel,” said Noble Olasimbo, Engineer, Lake County Department of Public Works. “Our hope is that by reducing the delay at these signalized intersections, there will be a reduction in fossil-fuel emissions over time.”
The improvements to be deployed this week are focused on the U.S. Highway 441/State Road 19/County Road 500A “triangle” area, and include:
- U.S. Highway 441 from Lakeshore Blvd. to Lake Eustis Drive
- State Road 19 from Dead River Road to U.S. Highway 441
- County Road 500A from U.S. Highway 441 to County Road 19A
- U.S. Highway 441 from College Drive to County Road 473 (near Lake-Sumter Community College)
For more information on the traffic light synchronization project, contact the Department of Public Works, Engineering Division at (352) 483-9092.
This work was made possible through the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under Award Number DE-EE0000786.