The Way of the Traffic Light

Increased traffic on Jefferson Avenue during certain times of the day can be frustrating; however, the Missouri Department of Transportation is always looking at ways to improve the flow of traffic. One way that traffic flow is managed is through traffic lights that are timed appropriately. Central District Traffic Engineer Trent Brooks says traffic counts help….

He said the average time drivers will sit at a traffic light is 2 minutes. He said if it’s longer it may be because of the position of your vehicle…

As for the flow of emergency traffic, Brooks said there is a mechanism that will allow law enforcement to manually trigger the traffic light.