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Officials Announce Traffic Light Synchronization Plan

Louisville Metro Government officials have announced plans to synchronize 350 traffic lights along the four major suburban roads, allowing them to be easily programmed to accomodate rush hour traffic and special events.

Mayor Jerry Abramson says $7 million in local, state and federal funds will be used for the project, in which the signals will be controlled from a central nerve center at City Hall that already handles downtown traffic."First along Dixie (Highway) and Shelbyville Road, those will be our first two out of the box. Then Hurstbourne Lane and Preston Highway. The four were selected by traffic engineers based on the focus of congestion," Abramson said.Public works director Ted Pullen says many of the signals are currently timed based on traffic patterns but are not communicated to a central system.The first lights are scheduled to be in the system by the end of next year.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.