City completes traffic signal re-timing project

Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The City of Richmond's Division of Transportation Engineering, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has completed a project to retime 281 traffic signals within the City's downtown area.

The project provided coordinated traffic signal timing to move traffic safely and efficiently through groups of traffic signals in the Richmond area.  After collecting traffic data throughout the region, traffic specialists developed and field implemented new timing plans to move groups of vehicles from one intersection to another with minimum stops.

As a result of the project, average vehicle delays were reduced significantly.  Additional benefits of the new timing plans include decreased wear on motor vehicles as well as improved gas mileage by reducing the number of stops and starts required.  Significant environmental benefits were also obtained by the reduction of vehicle emissions such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, and volatile organic compounds.

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