New traffic patterns coming on one of Wauwatosa's busiest streets

CREATED Feb 19, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 19, 2013

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WAUWATOSA - Expect to see changes on one of Wauwatosa's busiest streets.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is installing new street light technology along Highway 100 between Burleigh Street and Walnut Street.

The new signals will adapt to changing traffic demands.

"As the system detects traffic volumes, it will change up whether there's a left turn arrow, whether it comes first, whether it comes second, how long the green light stays," said Wisconsin DOT Spokesperson Michael Pyritz on TODAY'S TMJ4's "Live at Daybreak." 

"(Drivers) have to stay very much in tune with what they're seeing in the intersection."

Pyritz told Melissa McCrady that drivers shouldn't expect the same traffic pattern every time they take a certain route.

"When these intersections are able to adjust and change the frequency and timing of green lights, you may not seem the same pattern that you may be come accustomed to.  When a light turns red and you think, 'I'm going to get my arrow,' that may not be the case."

Pyritz explained that their goal is to grow the number of vehicles that can travel through that area.

"Over the next number of months, we'll be tweaking the system," said Pyritz. 

"We'll be monitoring.  We have a good base level.  We know how many vehicles can come through through the old configuration.  We're going to keep adjusting until we can get the most vehicles through the corridor as possible.

He says that congestion will increase amidst the Zoo Interchange reconstruction project.

"Once we start working on the core of the Zoo, the amount of traffic that's going to move along Mayfair Road is going to be extremely high."

He hopes the new signal system will ease the heavily congested stretch of road.

"This is going to be most efficient during the rush hour periods."