Intelligent Transportation System worked during January flooding
February 3, 2009
The city’s messenger boards improved traffic flow through the city during last month’s flooding, said Bob Brock, the city’s Public Works director.
“Signal timing was modified at several intersections due to road closures and to accommodate detoured traffic,” he said at the Jan. 27 meeting of the City Council’s Committee of the Whole.
The city will continue to monitor the operation of the timing plans that started last November on the state Route 900/Northwest Sammamish Road/Southeast 56th Street corridor for any needed adjustments, Brock said.
The next corridor city officials plan to evaluate is the East Lake Sammamish Parkway/Front Street corridor.
“We will be collecting appropriate traffic data to develop weekend signal timing plans and hope to have these in place by summer,” Brock said.
The city’s Intelligent Transportation System is designed to reduce traffic congestion, and reduce fuel consumption and auto emissions by integrating traffic signals into a single comprehensive system. The system was approved by the City Council in 2004 and by voters the same year with the passage of a $3.76 million bond measure.