More "smart" signals to help congestion in Gwinnett

Commuters around Gwinnett County will soon have an easier time thanks to smart technology.

Gwinnett County commissioners have approved 31 more “smart” traffic signals on four busy corridors around the county including Five Forks Trickum Road from Sugarloaf Parkway to Rockridge Road, Ronald Reagan Parkway from Pleasant Hill Road to SR 124, Old Peachtree Road from Sugarloaf Parkway to Dean Road, and State Route 316/University Parkway from SR 20 to the Barrow County line.

Deputy Director of Transportation Tom Sever says they will be added to the 530 smart signals on other congestion-prone roadways around the county.

Installation of fiber optic cable and wireless radio communications will allow interaction between Gwinnett’s Traffic Control Center and the signals and traffic monitoring cameras along the routes.

“We have somebody actively monitoring it. They’re getting feedback not only from the cameras on the screen but also from our software,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.

If a traffic accident or malfunctioning traffic light causes traffic to back up, Sever says they can adjust all the signals on that roadway to compensate.

Brian Keith lives near Brookwood High School and knows to avoid Five Forks Trickum at certain times of day. He is happy the busy roadway was added to the list to get them.

“I think anything that can manage traffic is going to be good. Traffic has gotten terrible here,” he says.

The Georgia Department of Tranportation will pick up 80 percent of the $4.5 million cost with the rest coming from the county’s 2009 SPLOST.

Sever says it will take nearly a year to put them all in place.





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