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Improvements made to Highway 98 lights
Driving through Gulf Breeze can be frustrating because sometimes it feels like you are always sitting at a red light, well now the city is changing the timing of the signals so hopefully your drive is a little smoother. Mary Kay Evans drives through Gulf Breeze just about every day. When she sees the light turn red, she knows it's going to take her awhile to get anywhere. "If I go into town and I don't time it just right, it's a nightmare." she said.
Sometimes the traffic from the lights adds 10 to 15 minutes to her commute. "You have a green light, then two blocks down a red light, stop and go stop and go." she explained.
The city is now doing something about it. They are hoping to help the traffic problem by making timing changes to the signals. They are shortening the amount of time a light stays red on Highway 98. The goal is that traffic will move more continuously. They are also making changes to the signals on side streets. Currently, a driver can trip the light on demand at any time. Now, they will only be able to do that during off times, or after 6:00 at night.
Evans said, "I think it's a great idea to have it synchronized."
Cecilia McAdams agrees. She also drives through gulf breeze every day. She currently takes the back roads, just to avoid all the lights.
She said, "I think it's a good idea, because if you get stopped by one, you get stopped by all of them."
The changes are expected to happen in late January on a trial basis.