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Thirteen traffic lights along Government Street, up to Broad Street, are now connected to the Traffic Management Center (TMC) at Wallace Tunnel, run by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).

ALDOT monitors the traffic in real time and adjusts the light timing as needed. In addition, the lights have different timing cycles depending on the time of day, in order to decrease congestion at peak times.

Through the use of this program, which has been running since late April, traffic delays have decreased by 21% overall, and 26% in the evening, according to Jeremy Borden, a transportation engineer with ALDOT.