Arlington Goes High-Tech To Ease Traffic Woes

The city of Arlington is preparing to start a project that city leaders hope will cut down on traffic congestion, gridlock and wait times in one area.

In November, Arlington will install devices to help the city decide when to change traffic light length and make detours faster.

Texas 360, between Brown Boulevard and Mayfield Road, near Six Flags Over Texas, will get devices in 23 locations. Those devices will collect real-time data and automatically alert city staff if there is a need to activate a plan to get traffic moving.

“Reducing the amount of time between an incident and the activation of the incident signal timing patterns benefits drivers and the environment,” a release on the city's website explained.

This plan will consist of making a faster avenue for diverted traffic on service roads and change the length of green lights to make the traffic flow more efficiently.

In August 2017, the timing pattern was programmed into the city’s traffic signals and the entire project should be completed by the end of the year.

“This $115,000 project to enhance the region’s mobility and improve air quality is funded by a Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant,” a website release said.

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