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Baltimore drivers frustrated over city gridlock

DOT: Congestion to return to normal in weeks
Posted at 6:52 PM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 08:10:37-04

City Councilman Eric Costello said he's just as frustrated with the gridlock as his constituents.

He says dozens of frustrated people have reached out to him saying their commutes are worse than normal.

Backed up intersections are causing traffic jams according to Costello who said if the Department of Transportation doesn't fix the problem successfully, the city will likely need to reassess its congestion plan.

Backups during rush hour are to be expected but Costello said the DOT promised to perfect its new timing pattern.

Officials said in a statement to the councilman that the pattern has reduced congestion in certain areas but increased it in others.

They said technicians are making adjustments to certain intersections to ensure traffic flow normalizes.

City leaders say the gridlock has a negative ripple effect in the city.

"It's creating air pollution, it's creating noise pollution, it's creating unsafe situations for pedestrians, for cyclists for motorists for everyone," Costello said.

In an effort to solve the issue, Costello reached out to DOT and shared a statement from their Director via Twitter:

"DOT's Chief of Traffic Engineer is working directly with his team and additional resources as we speak to address the issue. We will communicate his plan ASAP."

DOT officials have been working for 6 weeks on the traffic lights. And with their recent 'all hands on deck' approach they said the congestion should return to normal in a couple weeks.

The Director of DOT will take the publics questions tomorrow morning.