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$1 million grant will ease Midtown traffic
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ATLANTA -- People who drive through Midtown Atlanta will get some much needed relief from poorly timed traffic lights. The Georgia Department of Transportation, City of Atlanta and Midtown Alliance have received a $1 million grant to synchronize 96 traffic lights.

"If all goes well, I think we'll start to see a difference maybe in the next eight months," said Shannon Powell, Midtown Alliances Chief Operating Officer.

Midtown Alliance will hire a consultant to find out if any traffic lights in Midtown need upgrades. They will also manage the synchronization of lights on a daily basis.

"It will enable us to manage those traffic lights and move people through those signals at a reasonable pace," Powell said. "It will keep (drivers) from constantly getting stuck one after another."

Powell said they'll be able to adjust the lights for planned and unplanned events. Midtown traffic signals extend from Ralph McGill Boulevard on the south side to Buckhead on the north and from Techwood Avenue on the west side to mainly Piedmont Avenue on the east side.

The Atlanta City Council has approved the grant.

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