Synchronizing Tulsa lights

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Reported by: Michael Barber
Updated: 10/28/2013 9:45 pm Published: 10/28/2013 4:27 pm

It's taken more than a decade and it's still not finished.

The city of Tulsa is slowly but surely trying to synchronize traffic lights. The focus now is on 41st.

"I started to use back roads to avoid that just because it takes so long," said Kate Eastaway.

She lives near 41st and Memorial but said she takes a different route because driving down 41st just takes too long.

"The traffic lights between Sheridan up to this area are very, very, badly synchronized and it can take a really long time just to go about half a mile," she said.

FOX23 contacted the city of Tulsa traffic manager about the lights.

"Basically they are running isolated right now which means there not talking to each other," said Kurt Kraft, Tulsa's traffics operations manager.

Kraft said they've been working the past 10 years to synchronize the city's lights.

"We've been basically moving from downtown out bringing signals online," he said.

Online means they can adjust several intersection traffic lights so you hit more green lights driving down the road.

Kraft told FOX23 several sections are working on to synchronize the lights and that phase on 41st street from Memorial to Yale is set to begin in spring.

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