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City to re-synchronize traffic lights

Traffic lights in Brandon will be re-synchronized.

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Traffic lights in Brandon will be re-synchronized.

Brandon drivers will soon have a re-jigged traffic flow, as the city adjusts traffic light timing along most of its main streets.

The new synchronization is expected for major arterial routes, based on a traffic study that was done late last year in partnership with the province. Lights won't be any longer, the city says, they'll just be timed differently.

Another change is coming to the 10th Street and Park Avenue intersection, which will get dedicated left-hand turning lanes on Park.

Straight-through traffic will be diverted to the current right-hand turning lanes, which will continue to be used for right turns. The city says that this should help with traffic congestion at the intersection, and will be safer for left-hand turning drivers.

Line-painting for this change should be done this week. Changes to the traffic flow along 10th Street at the same intersection is also possible in the future.

The changes to 10th and Park come just two and a half weeks after Coun. Murray Blight (Victoria) enquired at city council about congestion at the intersection.

In an official response to the councillor's enquiry, dated last Monday, Aug. 25, city transportation manager Coenraad Fourie wrote that the intersection was much better than a desirable level of service, saying that a traffic study had found it was performing at a level of A, or excellent, for most of the day, with peak periods during the morning and afternoon commutes, and during the noon hour, seeing B levels of service.

Fourie wrote that anything better than D is "widely considered desirable in an urban area during peak traffic periods."

He also wrote that Park and 10th Street may be affected by construction on Victoria Avenue, and that it looked like traffic would ease somewhat when that construction was complete.

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Park and 18th needs work. It also would have been nice to have the lights at all the intersections along Victoria modified while the repaving is being done. Congestion is largely due to lights that make no sense presently.

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