Yesterday, Governor Larry Hogan announced a $50 million plan to install Smart Traffic Signals along major regional corridors throughout the state. The signals use artificial intelligence to adjust signal phasing according to traffic conditions.
The Governor said in his statement:
By replacing 20-year-old existing controls with Smart Traffic Signals, we will have the ability to respond to changes in traffic flow, as well as traffic conditions immediately – benefiting nearly 700,000 Maryland citizens across the state.
Traffic engineers will select intersections to upgrade with the Smart Traffic Signals based on traffic volumes, intersection capacity, and traffic patterns. Preliminary results from a pilot study of the traffic signals along MD 24 between Singer Road and Boulton Street indicated a travel time reduction of 13 percent for approximately 40,000 daily riders.
The State announced that the following corridors are under consideration:
|Route||Traffic Volume||County/Route Limits|
|MD 2||60,000||Anne Arundel County – Annapolis – Annapolis Harbor Center to Tarragon Lane|
|MD 2||38,700||Anne Arundel County – Brooklyn Park – Hammonds Lane to 11th Avenue|
|MD 3||70,000||Anne Arundel County – Crofton – MD 450 to St. Stephens Church Road|
|MD 139||30,000||Baltimore County – Towson – Kenilworth Avenue to I-695 Outer Loop Ramp|
|US 40||48,000||Baltimore County – Catonsville – Coleridge Road to Nuwood Drive|
|MD 5 Business||45,000||Charles County – Waldorf – Post Office Drive to US 301|
|MD 228||30,000||Charles County – Waldorf – Western Parkway to US 301|
|US 301||97,000||Charles County to Prince George’s – Waldorf Area – Chadds Ford Drive to MD 227|
|US 1 Business||32,400||Harford County – Belair – Tollgate Road to Atwood Road|
|MD 22||28,000||Harford County – Aberdeen -Technology Way to North Rogers Street/US 40 Ramp|
|US 1||36,600||Howard County – Jessup/Elkridge – Montgomery Road to MD 175|
|US 301||65,000||Prince George’s County – Bowie – Excalibur Road to Governor’s Bridge Road|
|MD 202||70,000||Prince George’s County – Landover – McCormick Drive to Arena Drive|
|MD 108||28,500||Montgomery County – Olney –MD 182 to Volunteer Drive|
|Approximate Number of Drivers Benefited Per Day||679,200|