Traffic light synchronization extends to 30th Ave north

The fixed-time traffic light synchronization project has expanded to the northern stretch of 30th Avenue.

The fixed-time traffic light synchronization project has expanded to the northern stretch of 30th Avenue.

The five traffic lights starting from 30th and Timothy to 67th Street and Carrington Drive are being synched under the city’s fixed-time synchronization. The city uses a central traffic system or SCOOT to co-ordinate the lights.

City traffic engineer David Arnott said the city is collecting traffic volume data and the work is expected to be completed by March.

The project modifies the signal timing at intersections between 6:30 and 9 a.m. and between 3 and 5:30 p.m.

The change to fixed time means green time at intersections will be fixed for a constant duration regardless of the varying traffic volumes to increase the likelihood drivers will get more green lights along this stretch of road.

Last month, the lights along 30th Avenue from the Collicutt Centre to Vanier Drive were synched using the new approach.

Arnott said the results were just as positive as the initial pilot along 30th Avenue between 55th Street.

During the morning peak, there was an 18 per cent reduction in the travel times in both directions.

In the evening, there was a 15 per cent reduction travelling south and 27 per cent reduction for those heading north.

Arnott said there are plans to implement the fixed-time synchronization throughout the city.

In the non-peak hours, the city will continue to use the central traffic system or SCOOT to co-ordinate the lights.

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