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New signal system on Anderson should help keep traffic moving

By Corene Brisendine

City officials announced that a new traffic signal coordination system was switched on today along Anderson Avenue.

It is designed to move traffic more efficiently though lights from Sunset Avenue to 14th Street along Anderson. The system, In-Sync, was designed by Rhythm Engineering of Kansas City, Mo., said Manhattan civil design engineer Peter Clark. He said it is different from other traffic light systems because it has the ability to monitor traffic “in real time.” He said the old system had set phases and cycled through those phases regardless of which side of the intersection had the most traffic. The new In-Sync system not only monitors the number of cars passing through the intersection, but also determines which cars have been waiting the longest, and decides who should go first.

Clark said if 10 cars are sitting at one side of the intersection and one car is sitting at another side, it will allow the 10 cars to go first, thereby helping traffic move more efficiently.

He said that while the lone car may have to wait a little longer than before, it does help traffic overall.

He said engineers from Rhythm Engineering will be monitoring and adjusting the signals all week in order to calibrate the system and work out any “kinks” that it might have.

“I ask that everyone be patient as we work through any kinks in the system,” Clark said.

While the change only affects six traffic lights between Sunset and 14th, after construction is completed on Bluemont Avenue between North Manhattan Avenue and 11th Street, signals at those two intersections will begin using the new In-Sync system as well. Clark said that change should occur this fall.

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