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‘Smart’ Traffic Signals Coming To Greenwich, Conn.

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GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Greenwich is aiming to become the first town in Connecticut to have smart street signals.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, the town already has lights with video detection that change from red to green when vehicles approach.

Town chief engineer James Michael said this new $2.75 million federally funded system has a computer brain that coordinates multiple intersections.

“Really what it does is that it looks at the volume in where the backups are occurring, and it changes the signal timing at each intersection,” Michael said.

The new signals are aimed at cutting down on long waits at intersections.

Adaptive signal controls should be installed at Greenwich and Railroad avenues around the Greenwich train station by fall 2015.

The signals will also be installed at other downtown Greenwich locations, including Steamboat Road at Arch Street, and Arch Street at Railroad Avenue, according to a Greenwich Times report.

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