Virginia Beach starts project to re-time traffic signals

Posted at 10:45 AM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 18:01:08-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - The City of Virginia Beach has started the first phase of the SynchroGreen Project that should help traffic flow better.

The adaptive system is software that adjusts times at traffic signals in real time based on current traffic conditions, demand as well as system capacity.

"What it does is collect the travel demand in real time. Senses the travel coming through the main corridors and makes signal timing adjustment as needed based on the demand," Traffic Engineer Mike Shahsiah told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Monday.

The Traffic Operations Division of Public Works has started Phase I of the SynchroGreen project where they've re-timed lights at 28 intersections.

The re-timed signals have happened on Lynnhaven Parkway from Cherie Drive/South Lynnhaven Road to Virginia Beach Blvd., on Virginia Beach Blvd. from North Lynnhaven Road to North Great Neck Road and on London Bridge Road and North Great Neck Road from Potters Road to Shorehaven Road.

The next phase of the project will include new traffic signal controllers, as well as equipment that can monitor and analyze travel time.

That data will then be used to establish real time analysis for all 28 intersections involved in the project.

The Public Works Department hopes to have the signal system upgrade in operation by next spring.