Even if this is the only thing he does in office, Bill White will still be a success in my book.
City crews have begun a yearlong project designed to ease congestion -- and reduce those exasperating, one-block-at-a-time trips through some areas -- by adjusting the timing on traffic signals along 14 major corridors, White announced.
"It's a waste of time and energy of our citizens to be out there with traffic signals that aren't timed," the new mayor said, calling traffic congestion one of Houston's greatest aggravations.
The work already has begun in the Midtown area, where the lights along major streets should be coordinated by Jan. 15, said Wes Johnson, a spokesman for the Public Works and Engineering Department.
White said his plan calls for timing the traffic signals at 1,500 intersections by the end of the year.
"It's taken us awhile to get into this jam of a traffic nightmare," he said, "and it will take us awhile to get out."
Councilman Michael Berry said White's choice of tackling Houston's problematic traffic signals is an "easy win."
"It is a discrete piece (of the congestion problem) that is high-profile, that is fixable and can show immediate results that affect people's lives," Berry said.