Traffic signals in Bryan will get an upgrade

POSTED: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 4:09pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 4:04pm

BRYAN -- Admit it, we all hate sitting in traffic especially during rush-hour but thanks to a state grant, half of Bryan's traffic signals will be upgraded to help traffic flow better and decrease your driving time.

Simply put, the traffic signals in Bryan are old, causing traffic to get backed-up at each light.

"Over time the synchronization we have out there now will be off and progression is lost along these corridors," said Dale Picha, Bryan's director of transportation.

But thanks to a state energy conservation grant the city's system will be upgraded to help solve the problem.

Radios will be installed at 36 of the city's 65 lights which will send information about traffic flow back to an antenna, allowing the city to control each light from one centralized location.

"We'll be able to send information out to the field if we need to update timings based on traffic patterns, instantaneously be able to change timings and most importantly, as well, bring video back from these intersections so we can see if there are issues we need to address," Picha said.

The radios will be installed along Texas Avenue, Briarcrest Drive and East 29th Street.

Picha says he expects the new system to be operating within the next six months.


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