Monday, May 20, 2013
This system, a first of its kind in Bernalillo County, is a designated set of traffic signals that communicate via fiber-optic cable to improve overall traffic flow reducing the frequency of red lights during high traffic volume.
Traffic on Alameda Boulevard will be impacted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday from May 22 through June 5. A rolling single lane closure will occur as the video detection cameras are installed at each of the seven major intersections.
“Alameda Boulevard was selected for this adaptive signal control system because it has one of the highest traffic flows in the county,” says Commissioner Lonnie Talbert. “Up to 50,000 vehicles per day travel along Alameda. This system will improve their overall travel time on a daily basis.”
The county will install video detection cameras and the program software for the adaptive signal control system at seven major intersections along Alameda Boulevard between Loretta Drive and 2nd Street. The signals at the intersections of 2nd Street, 4th Street, Guadalupe Trail northbound, Guadalupe Trail southbound, Thomas, Rio Grande South and Loretta are the ones included in this adaptive signal control system.
The video detection cameras will collect real-time traffic flow information. That information is used to optimize the signal timing based on real-time traffic conditions throughout the day. Peak hour traffic flow will be improved by adjusting the green times along Alameda Boulevard to improve overall traffic flow while not significantly increasing the wait times on the side streets.
The recent installation of thousands of feet of fiber-optic cable helped to establish the county’s own infrastructure for voice and data communications. This will allow the county to remotely operate and monitor the system from its traffic operations office located at the main Public Works Division building on Broadway Avenue SE.
After the installation, testing and inspection phases, the system is expected to be fully activated by the beginning of September.
The construction cost of the project is about $343,000.
This system is 100 percent funded by Bernalillo County.
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