CITY ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF $3.2 MILLION FEDERALLY-FUNDED UPGRADE OF TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS
(12/21/2011) NEW HAVEN- The Transportation, Traffic, and Parking Department this month completed a $3.2 million upgrade of traffic control systems at 102 intersections citywide. The project, funded entirely by federal stimulus dollars, replaces 30 year-old equipment with modern controllers equipped to communicate in real time with the traffic control center at 200 Orange Street. These latest upgrades are part of more than $20 million in state and federal dollars that the City has secured to update traffic controls, including more than 500 digital video detection cameras installed at intersections throughout the City to monitor traffic flow, incidents, and emergencies.
The 102 upgraded intersections represent more than one-third of the 292 signalized intersections citywide. In addition to the new control systems, more than 30 new traffic signals have also been installed during 2011, largely using state funds.
The new systems are equipped to remotely alert work crews and traffic engineers in the traffic operations center to problems in the field, including malfunctioning lights and power failures. The new systems proved immediately useful during Hurricane Irene when traffic control engineers were instantly notified of malfunctions and were able to quickly implement safety measures.
“These new traffic controllers greatly enhance our ability to respond to problems, including power outages, traffic jams, obstructions, or other emergencies. Better coordinated signals will make a big difference for all residents, providing safer streets for all users and improved air quality due to less idling,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr.
“The project replaced 30 year-old equipment in the surrounding downtown area that required replacement and was no longer reliable. The modern enhanced controllers now communicate with the City’s Transportation Operations Center in a real-time mode. This allows us to more readily respond to issues and positions us to more quickly address traffic control and pedestrian activity,” said Jim Travers, Director of Transportation, Traffic, and Parking.
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