Multi-Million Dollar Traffic Signal ProjectMay 25, 2018
Traffic congestion has been a problem in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C metro area for years, due to an outdated network of traffic signals. To help traffic flow more smoothly, the state will be installing traffic signals that are capable of detecting congestion and changing the timing of light changes based on traffic flow. According to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the state has invested approximately $50 million towards the project, which will keep traffic running more efficiently.
In addition to the traffic signals, pavement and pole sensors will be installed in 14 corridors. The sensors will be able to detect congestion and send a signal to the traffic light. Based on the amount of traffic, the signal will be able to adjust to the current level of traffic, whether it is due to regular rush-hour congestion, or an unexpected accident. The other signals in the corridor will also be in sync with one another, so they can adjust to the amount of traffic in other parts of the metro area, which will help keep traffic moving.
Prior to the upgrade, a technician would need to go to the location of the traffic signal and reprogram the light’s timing. While the technician is working on the light, it is unable to adjust quickly, which causes traffic to become even more congested. According to one study, the smart signal pilot program reduced commute times by 13 percent. The updated system responds to changing traffic patterns in real time, which is a significant improvement, said Governor Hogan.
Impact of Smart Signals
The first signals will be installed on Route 2 between Annapolis Harbor Center and Tarragon Lake. By the end of 2018, these “smart signals” will be installed in seven counties across the state. State officials estimate that close to 700,000 commuters will benefit from the 14 signalized corridors. Additional smart signals will be installed in other parts of the state in the near future, said Governor Hogan.
The Maryland Transportation Secretary praised the benefits of the updated traffic system, and commented that Maryland is the first state to implement such an extensive network.
More Upgrades Forthcoming
In addition to the upgraded traffic signals, other major upgrades are being made that will also address traffic-relief efforts. Governor Hogan recently announced that $9 billion would go towards a plan to add four toll lanes to each of the following toll sites:
- Capital Beltway (Interstate 495)
- Interstate 270
- Baltimore-Washington Parkway
In addition to the frustration of being stuck in slow-moving traffic, there is a greater risk of car accidents when drivers are angry and impatient. Too often, people will tailgate, cut off other drivers, change lanes without looking, or engage in aggressive driving behavior or road rage, simply because they are upset about being stuck in traffic.
If you see another driver weaving in and out of lanes, tailgating, or any other unsafe or aggressive behavior, avoid that driver and call the police, particularly if you believe the driver may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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