Less red means more green for Raleigh drivers

Posted August 5, 2008 3:06 p.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2008 11:21 p.m. EDT

— City crews are adjusting the timing on traffic lights along some major thoroughfares to help traffic move more smoothly.

Crews are synchronizing the lights on Capital Boulevard between Highwoods Boulevard and New Hope Church Road; on U.S. Highway 401 South between Garner Station Boulevard and Simpkins Road; on Glenwood Avenue between Pasquotank Drive and Creedmoor Road; and on Creedmoor Road between Plaza Place and Brennan Drive.

"We get reminded that gas is high and that we need to improve certain intersection or certain streets," said H.L. Humphries, the city's traffic signal manager. "Every time you stop, you're burning fuel. So if we can move them through more efficiently, then they're saving fuel and saving time."

Local commuters won't be the only drivers saving money on gas by reducing idling time at red lights. Humphries said Raleigh also will cut its fuel bill on city vehicles.

The effort is the first stage of a $28 million upgrade to Raleigh's traffic signal system. Next year, the city plans to begin installing new control equipment, software, fiber-optic lines, signals and traffic cameras.

Improved traffic flow also reduces emissions from idling cars, which would help air quality, Humphries said.

The map below shows the road where crews have started adjusting the timing of traffic signals: