Special Report Part II: Timing Traffic

By: Amanda Wagner
By: Amanda Wagner

Have you ever been running late for that meeting or to pick up the kids and it feels like the traffic light just won't turn green? Traffic can be frustrating for motorists but how long does it really take to get around the city. 11 News hit the streets to find out.

The city of Grand Junction's transportation office conducted a travel rate index study one year ago. They found the average time it took drivers to get from one point to another during peak travel times. We wanted to see if road closures were increasing travel times, so we loaded up in the car with a stopwatch and timed some routes.

According to a travel rate index study conducted last year, the average time for a motorist to travel westbound from the I–70 interchange to North Avenue on the I–70 Business Loop is 6 minutes and 36 seconds. In our test, it took 6 minutes and 50 seconds.

On North Avenue, in our test it took 9 minutes and 5 seconds to go from 1st street to the 1–70 Business Loop traveling westbound, in the traffic study, the average time was 8 minutes and 48 seconds.

The route where there was the biggest difference was also the longest of our routes. Travel on eastbound Patterson Road from 24 Road to 32 Road. The study says the average travel time is 14 minutes, it took us 16 minutes and 42 seconds. A difference of almost three minutes.

But transportation engineers are watching traffic flow and have traffic signals set up on timers. And almost like clock work, the lights change, allowing drivers to see green. As a driver you must be obeying the rules of the road in order for the timing to work. The timing is based on the speed limit.


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