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Falls to Install Adaptive Traffic Signals at 23 Intersections

How many times have you sat at a traffic light waiting to go when no other traffic is present in other directions? By 2021, this will be less of an issue for nearly two dozen Falls Township intersections with the installation of an adaptive traffic system.

In addition to the added convenience of faster travel, 80 percent of the projected $1,355,900 installation cost will be covered by a Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission grant. Falls will chip in 20 percent - $271,180 – for completion of adaptive signalization of up to 23 intersections.

The Falls Supervisors during its virtual meeting Monday, approved a proposal from Remington & Vernick Engineers to provide engineering and design services. Derrick Kennedy, Remington & Vernick project manager, told the board he expects construction to begin on the adaptive traffic signalization by spring or summer 2021 and complete that year. The effort will “better manage traffic” he said, adding that it will help to address recurring traffic issues.

“The signals optimize themselves in real time,” Kennedy said of the more efficient system. “This would be reactive to what’s happening out there moment to moment.”

Adaptive traffic signals adjust almost instantly to the changes in traffic. Instead of motorists having to wait for a pre-determined traffic cycle, adaptive traffic signals would change based on the volume of vehicles in any given lane, meaning the lane with no cars in it, for example, would not be given the green light while drivers in other lanes waited their turn.

The system upgrades will be an extension of a similar signal system completed in Middletown Township, where traffic congestion was said to have been greatly reduced. The new technology will provide Falls with less maintenance intensive signal timing plans and will give PennDOT improved access for monitoring state roadways.

Adaptive signalization is planned for key corridors, including Lincoln Highway (Business Route 1), Tyburn Road, Oxford Valley Road and West Trenton Avenue.

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