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Traffic Light Study Results Released


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC News) - An effort to smooth that commute along the Lakeshore while cutting down on energy may have been fruitful.

That’s according to a nine-month study conducted by a group of local, regional and state officials, the results of which were disclosed this week. According to officials of the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, 129 traffic signals between Holland and Spring Lake, along 15 corridors in and around US-31, were synchronized to maximize traffic flow.

Comparing before and after numbers, the study concluded that travel delays were reduced by 10 percent or more, leading to a daily average of around 11 hundred gallons of fuel saved, and saving motorists more than five million dollars. Daily air pollutants were also reduced by four tons on average.

Federal stimulus dollars provided the primary funding for this half-a-million-dollar project.