City Officials say traffic could be worst


by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE - A tiny machine that makes a big difference when you get behind the wheel sits at every traffic light in the city.

The municipalities traffic department says they work tirelessly to make sure your wheels keep spinning.

Municipal traffic engineer Stephanie Mormilo says traffic "effects everyone in their daily lives wether you walk bike or drive."

Life in the fast lan is run by computers and with the latest advances in technology engineers with the city are able to simulate and trouble shoot different traffic scenarios.

"We collect traffic volumes and vehicle volumes and we input the geometrics at the intersection," said John Crapps, Associate Traffic Engineer.  "We have to pay attention to how much time we have to give pedestrians across the roadway which affects the cycle lengths."

It's this information that allows them to re-design roads and make improvements.

The city says winter conditions can freeze pedestrian walk buttons into the on position causing a delay for drivers.

"We don't know unless people call and tell us, then we will send a crew out to take a look," said Mormilo.

As roads are being built and traffic patterns continue to change this department says they hope to speed up your daily drive.


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