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City of Raleigh to Synchronize Traffic Lights

Posted May 24, 2007

The city of Raleigh is in the first phase of a $28 million traffic signal system overhaul.

With $21 million from the Department of Transportation and $7 million from the city, engineers are planning to upgrade 585 intersections using 200 miles of fiber optic cable.

The new signal system will synchronize traffic lights across the city and should save motorists an average of 5 percent travel time.

It will be complete in 2011. In the meantime, engineers said they have used existing technology to improve signal timing in busy corridors, such as Capital Boulevard from the Interstate 440 Beltline to Triangle Towne Center.


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  • lollly52 May 26, 2007

    Good neighbor - I am soooo looking forward to voting in the next city elections. Meeker & Allen & company need to find other pursuits...

  • Good Neighbor May 25, 2007

    Go Lolly go! It is amazing how far behind the times we are yet everyone keeps moving here. Reminds me of our Mayor, if he would only go back where he came from.

  • lollly52 May 25, 2007

    @Nosouthernershere – traffic was not too bad before you and your kind arrived…nor taxes, nor the schools… Oh gosh, I wonder if there is a correlation???? Hockey, bagels, and higher taxes, now THERE is a contribution to your new community, Bless your heart, thank you so much for all the blessings you have brought. .. PLEASSSSE tell us how you did it in great big ole NYC and how backwards we ole dumb, inbreed southerners are, Pleasssse, I could just listen to you talk all day

  • littleredwolfie May 25, 2007

    Could you please synchronize the traffic lights at Blue Ridge Road and Hillsborough Street??? Every morning and every afternoon, it is hurry up and WAIT!!! It really is a mess!!!

  • nosouthernershere May 25, 2007

    well, it looks like Raleigh is finally moving into the 20th century. Maybe 50 years from now, they will get into this century

  • Lightfoot3 May 25, 2007

    5% seems kind of low. Is that kind of return even worth it? Money might could be better spent. Or maybe they could find a cheaper way to do it.

    Regarding making lights green for EMS, when I lived in the Seattle, WA area (back in the early 90s), the green light was triggered by the strobes on the EMS vehicles.

  • 2late May 25, 2007

    And this is the same NC DOT that can't figure out how to pour concrete correctly?...this oughta be a breeze.....whew..scary thoughts

  • TheWB May 25, 2007

    ayetteville spent millions on a "synchronized" system and the only thing synchronized about it is that everybody gets ticked off at the same time. They are trying a cool thing on Raeford Rd. though with the yellow left turn arrows. The first time I saw it it freaked me out, but instead of waiting to turn left at a red arrow, you get a yellow arrow and you treat it like a solid green, so if nothing is coming you can make your left turn. They may be in other areas too, but they're the first I've seen.

  • salut2daking May 25, 2007

    Raleigh needs a subway system. I am sick of the traffic. I am always on E when I approach Capital Boulevard. I despise that street but I have to cross it and drive on it. Traffic lights smaffic lights. Just get me off of the road.

  • Pilot2B May 25, 2007

    This whole area (Wake County) needs a stop light over-haul. It seems their (DOTs) philosophy of stop light programming is "get one red, get all red"

    No wonder people speed and run red lights. If the DOT would program the next few lights to be green, after you get a red light IF you do the speed limit, then both problems I mentioned might be solved (at least fewer people would speed and run red lights). People would do the speed limit knowing the next couple of lights (or more) would be green.

    The data is already there to know which way traffic flows during which times of the day.

    I do not know if a new synchronized light system is needed for this or not, but with some thinking and planning we can make the traffic flow better

    .....of course the DOT may want all this extra gas wasted of starting and stopping: more gas used, more gas tax monies raised, more for them to spend.. :-)