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Expect delays this shopping season, pack patience

Red lights leave many drivers waiting in traffic. Red lights leave many drivers waiting in traffic.
Traffic backed up on Wednesday. Traffic backed up on Wednesday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Drivers may be seeing red as they wrap up their Christmas shopping. Traffic signals and tail lights illuminate busy intersections and turn lanes.

It's not just the additional cars on the road slowing you down. Louisville traffic engineers have adjusted several timers around the metro to accommodate additional vehicles. 

On Shelbyville Road alone there are nine signals between Shelbyville Rd. Plaza to Lyndon Lane that operate on a modified afternoon peak timing plan - meaning stoplights are running on rush hour timers every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to Metro Public Works Spokesperson Lindsay English. The timers will stay in effect until the New Year.

"What that allows traffic engineering to do is to basically adjust the timing of the lights so more people are getting in and out of the malls and busy shopping centers" LMPD Traffic Commander Lt. Joe Seelye said.

Two busy East End intersections that will not be modified include  Shelbyville Rd. and Hurstbourne, and Hurstbourne and Taylorsville.  English said even though it's a heavy in the corridor, there's not comparable movement like the area surrounding Mall of St. Matthews.

Drivers may be able to avoid some of stop-and-go along Shelbyville Rd. by planning ahead of time. Lt. Seelye suggested drivers should consider Sherburn Lane or Bowling Blvd for those heading to the mall or Shelbyville Rd.  Both alternate routes eventually lead to Breckenridge Road and the Watterson Expressway.

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