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City of Raleigh to Synchronize Traffic Lights

Posted May 24, 2007 7:33 p.m. EDT

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.