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Feeling like your daily commute to work downtown is getting slower and slower? Well you are not alone. Many people have filed complaints with the Department of Transportation after it has been learned that a recent update to the timing of the traffic lights downtown has not exactly worked out as planned. Commuters are experiencing traffic grid lock by mistimed lights that is adding time to even parking garage exits.

Nearly 120,000 people work in downtown Baltimore.

“All of downtown is in a complete state of gridlock in peak hours during the morning and evening,” said City Councilman Eric Costello, who represents the downtown area.

Michelle Pourciau, the director of the Department of Transportation, said she hopes that changes her department is making now will ease driving through the urban center in the next few days.

But the slow crawl of traffic in and out of downtown is frustrating drivers.

DOT managers have responded, saying that “the new timing pattern has reduced congestion in certain areas but increased congestion in other parts of the downtown area. Our traffic signal technicians are in the field making adjustments to certain intersections to ensure traffic flow returns to normal.”

Let’s hope they do just that.

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