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Technology helps to ease traffic flow


Traffic engineers with the City of Montgomery have moved into an all new traffic management center, which will help them make it easier to improve traffic flow in the city.

It allows traffic engineers to monitor dozens of traffic cameras in one place, as opposed to six or seven rooms in the past. The technology also allows them to keep abreast of an issue with traffic flow in the city.

"If we see a problem on an intersection, we can go in from this facility and change the time to make it adjust," said Bubba Bowden, Director of Traffic Engineering for the City of Montgomery.

The center allows the city to monitor its 40 traffic monitoring cameras, and also monitor data from signals at more than 300 intersections. Engineers have used the data to adjust timing at signals such as the one at Eastchase and Taylor Road.

"We can solve that issue by downloading more time to the left turn phase, we had to take it away from somewhere to make it coordinated," Bowden said. "And we were able to give them more left turn timing."

The engineers will soon have more signals to monitor. A signal at Taylor Road and Winton Blount Boulevard will go online in the next few days. A new red light camera will also be posted there.

Bowden also said signals will likely also be needed at three intersections with Vaughn Road: at Young Meadows, At Wynlakes Boulevard and at the entrance to the Deer Creek Subdivision.

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