Traffic lights at Montano and 2nd causing problems

Posted at: 03/11/2014 6:33 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Ask anyone who lives in Albuquerque and they’ll you – getting stuck in traffic is annoying.

“Yes, yes. Not a good thing. Not a good thing,” said Sue Lloyd.

“It just causes stress I think,” said Amanda McNeese.

That’s why a lot of drivers have been trying to avoid the ongoing construction on Paseo.

But some drivers are finding another problem. One viewer wrote into KOB Eyewitness News 4, complaining about the traffic signals on Montano and 2nd.

Their problem? The green light is too short, causing major backups.

KOB went out to the intersection and found the green light going north and south on 2nd lasts about 30 seconds. But going east and west on Montano, it’s almost double – the green light lasts about 50 seconds.

KOB found out the way traffic lights are timed depends on a number of different things – like, the size of the street, the posted speed limit and whether it’s a residential street.

“We do the best we can to try and keep traffic glowing,” said Phil Gallegos with the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

The department monitors the timing of the signal. Gallegos said it’s always a challenge, especially when it’s happening near construction. But KOB learned, their team will look into Montano and 2nd.

The department has already adjusted the traffic light times on Paseo to accommodate the traffic. KOB will follow up to see if those changes happen on Montano and 2nd.