Farmington gets federal grant to upgrade traffic lights

Created: 01/22/2014 6:33 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Traffic on Farmington's east side can be described as congested.

"Especially in the afternoon it just gets crazy, Saturdays are awful,” said Ed Westmoreland.

11 stop lights along a two mile stretch can also be described as maddening.

The city of Farmington has received a $400,000 federal grant to upgrade those 11 traffic lights.

The city says the new technology will read the traffic and adjust timing of the lights to optimize traffic flow.

“The benefit of the adaptive plan is that it doesn’t have a plan, it responds immediately to the situation in real time condition," according to Farmington’s traffic engineering administrator, Steve Krest.

This is the second system of its kind in the state and one of only a handful in the south west

Krest says, “the most obvious thing that occurs is that you aren’t going to be sitting waiting on a side street and looking at no cars going by."

The city hopes to have the system in place by June 2014.

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