City Hall says it is seeing improved traffic movement in Grande Prairie now that some wrinkles have been ironed out of its new Intelligent Traffic System.
The new set-up that controls lights has been in place for about a year.
Traffic System Specialist Wade Nellis says one thing they have been able to do is gather data that allows them to respond to public complaints within minutes, rather than days.
“Since we can make changes now from a central location, we’re able to take some of those complaints, make assessments and can actually make changes in the field from a central location, rather than having to go on site, so it can reduce our turnaround time considerably.”
The new system has 305 cameras that report back to that central location every two minutes.
Nellis adds they are also doing a better job of synchronizing green lights.
“Motorists might notice the improvements on the downtown one-ways. In addition, we’re aligning those so we can improve the traffic flow on 100 Street. We’re basically going to be moving through the entire city, trying to assess conditions and to make traffic improvements wherever we can.”
Nellis says the next road they want to work on is 108 Street, south of 100 Avenue.
“And see what we can do to facilitate better movement along that corridor for north and southbound (traffic). It’s a difficult one because we have to balance with all of the heavy, commercial traffic that’s there right now. We’re going to be doing everything we can to improve traffic flow on that.”
Nellis encourages anyone who sees a traffic issue to contact them.