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Three South Metro Denver Cities Partner to Manage and Reduce Traffic Congestion

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The City of Centennial is deploying innovative technology to improve traffic flow on the City’s busiest roads.

Centennial is implementing its Intelligent Transportation System — or ITS — an integrated communications system that connects to the City’s fiber network and Traffic Operations Center. Part of this implementation involves the installation of 64 closed-circuit cameras at high-traffic intersections and travel-time monitoring equipment on major corridors. These cameras are for real-time traffic monitoring, not surveillance. 

“Alleviating traffic congestion in conjunction with improving the safety and efficiency of our roadways are shared challenges among the cities of the south metro Denver area. Partnering with our neighboring cities on this pilot program will provide each of us with the integral data prior to investing additional resources in the appropriate technology for traffic management,” said Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko.

Recently the cities of Centennial, Greenwood Village and Lone Tree identified a pilot project to take a cross-jurisdictional approach to managing and reducing traffic congestion. Specifically, the cities are working to create a connected, data-driven, multi-jurisdictional traffic management plan for Yosemite Street between Lincoln Avenue and Belleview Avenue that promotes efficient and safe traffic flow through the installation of sensors at traffic signals. This is the first multi-jurisdictional partnership to enable adaptive signal technology. 

"This project speaks volumes about regional cooperation, demonstrates a coordinated approach to improving air quality, and positively impacts traffic flow," said Mayor Ron Rakowsky, Greenwood Village. 

A private sensor vendor, Blyncsy, has secured a grant to facilitate the installation of their sensors in Centennial and Lone Tree (Greenwood Village already has similar sensors in place) to monitor traffic and collect volumes, travel times, and delay (time spent waiting at a signal). The data collected will directly serve the City’s pilot project with Greenwood Village and Lone Tree to install adaptive signal technology on Yosemite Street. This data will fully describe the existing conditions on the corridor. 

“Traffic and congestion do not recognize municipal boundaries and neither do our residents.  A regional solution is required and Lone Tree looks forward to employing innovative, smart technology in collaboration with our partners to provide real solutions for our communities,” said Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet.

After the adaptive technology is deployed and the software starts making tweaks to the signal timing, the entities can measure the effectiveness of the pilot project by comparing the before and after conditions. A successful pilot will prove emerging technology can be applied to traffic signals to benefit businesses, commuters, and residents alike, and will set a precedent for all future efforts our cities undertake.

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