City Installing State-of-the-Art Traffic Signal System

The Department of Public Works Transportation Engineering Division is set to begin the first phase of an approximately $21 million federally funded project to upgrade the City’s outdated traffic signal system. The new state-of-the-art system will connect the City’s approximately 500 signalized intersections and flashers to the Traffic Operations Center in City Hall.

Richmond Signal System Upgrade funding was provided through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) using Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program funds. The upgraded system will be installed over the next five years and will involve development of a new traffic management computerized central control (located at City Hall), system wide communications consisting of fiber optic and copper cable, and closed circuit TV (CCTV) surveillance cameras. When the system is complete, motorists will experience a reduction in vehicle stops and delays, resulting in less gasoline usage and safer travel for City residents and visitors. The CCTV cameras also will be able to monitor weather conditions, manage traffic flow and assist first responders going to accidents and other emergencies. With increased monitoring capabilities, City staff will be able to respond more quickly to signal problems. The project will be implemented in phases.

  • Phase I – reusing existing conduits, the project will cover the West End, Fan Area and the Downtown Area. Construction will start in March 2012 and will be completed by July 2013. Cost – $5.3 million federally funded.
  • Phase II - signalized intersections south of the James. The design phase is underway and should be completed by December 2012. Construction to be completed by 2015. Cost - $10.0 million federally funded.
  • Phase III – signalized intersections in the remaining east, north and west areas of the City will be added to the signal system, with the design phase starting by 2016. Cost - $5.6 million; federal funds approved for FY16 and FY 17.

Daily work hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and occasional lane closures will be necessary in order to perform the work.

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