KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
The City of Kissimmee is getting an $860,000 grant from the state to replace 39 traffic control boxes along U.S. Highway 192, but doing so will not immediately improve traffic flow.
According to Kissimmee Public Works Director Kerrith Fiddler, the existing boxes are simply too old.
"If you open one of them up, it's basically the motherboard and everything that goes on that controls that intersection," he explained.
Each box talks to the next one down the line, but only to relay red or green. Replacing them will not improve traffic flow. Fiddler says they are trying to improve traffic flow on the road.
"We are aware that there is an issue when it comes to traffic along 192, but we are definitely working on it."
There is what is called ATMS or Advance Traffic Management Signals along 192. Osceola County runs the program. The timing of the lights is controlled by a state hired consultant though. Fiddler says all the city and county have the ability to do as it stands today are minor adjustments.
"We do traffic studies, especially when it comes to different intersections. You may have particular intersections that may need to be re-sequenced or re-timed, so work with the county to see where our problem areas are."
The next major road to be upgraded to ATMS in Osceola County will be John Young Parkway. After that the city and county will go through the expensive process of re-timing U.S. Highway 192. They expect to get to that work in beginning in the Spring of 2016.