Is Atlanta about to get less clusterfucky?

Ever since starting this blog 10 years ago (time flies when you have few readers) I’ve been railing against the city’s stubborn refusal to synchronize its traffic signals, something it last did roughly 40 years ago.

But it appears our long municipal nightmare is over, assuming next Tuesday’s $250 million infrastructure bond referendum is approved by voters.

More than one-third of the city’s intersections with traffic signals — about 350 out of 960, the mayor’s office says — has received upgrades. Some of those improvements have occurred thanks to a Georgia Department of Transportation grant program. Mayor Kasim Reed spokeswoman Jenna Garland tells CL the city could complete the work needed to sync up all intersections if voters approve the bond package on St. Patrick’s Day.

“It would have a very big impact citywide,” Garland says. “Most people who drive around have sat around in traffic. … Traffic light synchronization hasn’t happened on the level that it needs to.”

That’s an understatement. I figure I’ve squandered at least a year’s worth of minutes waiting for the signal at Highland and North avenues to change.

Most everyone agrees syncing the lights will make a noticeable difference. Los Angeles, which synchronized every traffic signal in the city in 2013, has seen a 16 percent increase in traffic speed along with a 12 percent reduction in delays at major intersections.

Now about all those potholes …

No more excuses

Atlanta has some of the worst surface streets in the nation (along with its unsynchronized traffic lights), creating an urban clusterfuck with few peers.

If city leaders are ever going to fix them, now’s the time. Don’t hold your breath.

Under the new law, the Georgia Department of Transportation will receive at least $2 billion. The state can use the money for infrastructure maintenance, which includes roads and transit.

Will ATL ever sync traffic lights?

Though a $1 million GDOT grant has been allocated to synchronize traffic signals along several major corridors in Midtown, drivers in much of the city remain captive to poorly timed lights. Mayor Reed claims fixing the logjam is a priority — assuming he can find the $15 to $20 million estimated get it done.

So far he hasn’t, and synchronizing the signals is nowhere to be found on Atlanta’s T-SPLOST wish list — at least not yet.

Plans for an additional $49 million in local spending — outside the five-year window — have not yet been detailed.

Hopefully the city’s convention visitors will start bitching about the stop and stop Atlanta traffic, as their input is valued above all others.