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Synching of signals a big help

ALAMEDA SIGNALS READY FOR PASEO REBUILD: The metro area’s first stage of signal synchronization is getting green lights.

David Mitchell, Bernalillo County’s director of Operations and Maintenance, says, “The adaptive signal system we installed is reducing travel times on Alameda by half on average and greatly shortening peak congestion periods – just in time for the big dig.”

Mitchell had explained earlier this year that Alameda is a bit of a test drive for city/county/state corridor coordination. The work involves “a performance-based contract with InSynch, the software and hardware supplier, (meaning) if the system does not demonstrate improvements in average speed and delay, that a percentage of the installation is rebated.”

And so far it doesn’t look like that needs to happen.

City and county traffic teams “worked an interconnect wire between Loretta and the Corrales/Old Coors 528 intersection, synched the ‘clocks’ and cycle lengths, and established coordination between the city’s four signals west of the river and the county adaptive corridor,” Mitchell says, “so now that whole segment west of Edith is flowing better than ever.”

Assistant editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for the Metro area on Mondays and West Siders and Rio Ranchoans on Saturdays. Reach her at 823-3858; road@abqjournal.com; P.O. Drawer J, Albuquerque, N.M. 87103; or go to ABQjournal.com/traffic to read previous columns and join in the conversation.

 

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