Traffic lights causing back up along Wrightsboro Road

Traffic signals on Wrightsboro Rd. have not been synced since construction wrapped up.
Traffic signals on Wrightsboro Rd. have not been synced since construction wrapped up.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – It’s a road that sees about 33,000 drivers daily. Final completion of the construction of Wrightsboro Road was announced two months ago. The last step was to sync all the traffic lights. But it’s been months and still lots of traffic.

“It does around 5 o’clock get backed up. I have been in traffic, one time, for 30 minutes straight and I couldn’t get home,” says  Curtis Davis, driver.

Davis say it’s frustrating, especially when trying to get off the ramp. You can see the here where one light is green while the next is red. And drivers are backed up in the intersection.

Traffic signals on Wrightsboro Rd. have not been synced since construction wrapped up.
Traffic signals on Wrightsboro Rd. have not been synced since construction wrapped up.

“A lot of times it is backed up all the way from the mall,” says Davis.

The three-mile road project was a Georgia DOT job, but once that was completed, it was turned over to the county. And things like traffic signals became the county’s responsibility.

“That is one of our busiest corridors. It gets a lot of attention, it’s up there, and right now we’re putting the system in,” says Steve Cassell, Augusta traffic engineer.

Cassell says his guys are currently working to sync the new traffic lights. Hey says they are installing a new adaptive signal system.
“The thing with the adaptive, its constantly reading the traffic. So it’s basically learning traffic patterns over time and storing that, and adjusting appropriately,” says Cassell.

Reading the traffic patterns will also take time. Driver John Cason says he’s just happy the condition of the road has improved.

“I don’t mind putting up with the lights, the road is what’s important,” says Cason.

Cassell says the lights should be synced by the end of the week and traffic should start easing up in the next several months.

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