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Public hearing on Baltimore traffic after lights potentially cause congestion

Posted at 7:51 AM, Jul 18, 2018

We may hear more answers today on what's causing traffic in downtown Baltimore to come to a crawl.

Backups have been worse than usual and the city Department of Transportation (DOT) is citing re-timing traffic lights for the gridlock. On Wednesday night there's a city council hearing to talk about the traffic congestion downtown as many have complained it could take a half hour just to drive a few blocks.

About six weeks ago, the Baltimore Department of Transportation re-timed the lights at several intersections to help improve traffic flow. Unfortunately for drivers, the synchronization made conditions worse in some areas.

City Council member Eric Costello heard many of those complaints firsthand from his constituents and says he wants the DOT to be held accountable. He's asking for the department's director to address the traffic congestion and gridlock at a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, the DOT continues to work on fixing the problem by checking the timing of the traffic lights at about a dozen intersections.