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New Traffic Signal Control System

Updated: Monday, April 1 2013, 05:56 PM EDT
COLUMBUS — A new traffic signal control system could cut down your commute.

The system will add 100 cameras and fiber optic cable, making it easier to see traffic problems and adjust traffic lights accordingly.

The current system hasn’t been updated since the 1970’s and has 50 cameras for the entire city.

“They don't always work real well I mean they usually do but sometimes we'll just have a problem somewhere and if we can't see what we're looking at we can't fix it we can't help it,” traffic control operator Mike Treneff said. “It’s going to have more tools and more ability for us to make positive changes and help drivers get where they're going save money and time."

The new system will cost about  $38 million dollars. The city of Columbus will pay for engineering, at about $13 million. A federal grant will cover the rest.

“We'll be able to tell much more effectively how to make to changes to make the signal timing better so people are not sitting through multiple signal cycles for example or congestion,” city administrator Patricia Austin said.

Austin said the entire overhaul should be done in 2018, but some signals will be connected by fall of this year.

“We really believe that it’s our job to get people home as safely and efficiently as possible and this is a great tool that's going to help us do that,” Ausin said.


Reporter: Ashley Yore
Web Producer: Kellie HannaNew Traffic Signal Control System

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