Thursday, January 26, 2012

'Signalization' Promises 10 Percent Reduction in Traffic Delays

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM

In a continuing effort to tweak local traffic patterns, the Ada County Highway District announced this morning that it will soon debut "smarter" signals that will constantly measure traffic flows, adjusting the amount of green time to "best serve the demand," according to Terry Little, ACHD's traffic manager.

The technology differs from existing timing in that it will deviate from preset programs and make adjustments to better move large groups of vehicles. The new signal timing could be especially useful after special events or on a Friday at mid-afternoon before a holiday weekend.

Little said the new technology could reduce delays by approximately 10 percent.

The so-called "signalization" project costs approximately $600,000.

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