$21 million traffic light project starts

Posted at 7:24 AM, Jul 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-09 11:18:28-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–The City’s Department of Public Works will move forward with a $21 million dollar project to improve the traffic signal system.

Starting Monday, July 9, the city—with assistance of federal grant money–will begin work to upgrade the first 100 traffic signals in the city. Once complete, a computer will be able to control and connect all the traffic signals; saving drivers on time and gas lost to gridlock.

Additionally, with all signals linked to a proposed Traffic Operations Center, the city will be alerted  and able to respond quickly if those lights go out.

The work will take more than two years to complete the entire project. During the first phases, you will see crews working at intersections along Broad Street between Belvidere Street and Staples Mill Road. The work will also take place along Monument Avenue between I-195 and Staples Mill Road and Hermitage Road between Broad Street and Sherwood Road. Additionally, crews will work on traffic lights throughout Richmond’s Fan District.

Jerrita Patterson has more on the project here: