The city of McAllen is removing stoplights to reduce traffic. City Manager Roy Rodriguez says mobility is becoming a big issue in the Rio Grande Valley specifically in McAllen.
A study conducted by the city shows that not enough traffic flows to merit so many stoplights. The first set to go will be on Business 83 and 17th Street. Although the project is set to reduce traffic, what does this mean for pedestrians?
Roy Rodriguez, McAllen City Manager said, “Downtown is very pedestrian friendly. We are insuring that we are not affecting peoples’ ability to cross the street safely. That’s part of the study that we have to do, therefore some of the signals will not be taken out.”
Officials say they will continue studying traffic for more removals. For now six stoplights are scheduled to be removed in the downtown area along Main Street between Galveston and Business 83.