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Stamford Receives Funding For Traffic Upgrades

Mayor David Martin said the city has received $3 million to help upgrade the traffic signals and to help with optimizing the timing as well.
Mayor David Martin said the city has received $3 million to help upgrade the traffic signals and to help with optimizing the timing as well. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford drivers will soon see upgraded traffic signals and improved signal timing thanks to $3 million in funding from the Federal Highway Administration, said Mayor David Martin.

“Addressing transportation and traffic issues has been a priority since I took office,” said Martin. “Key areas that we found early on were traffic congestion and safety, which this funding will help. We are going to do something different with this project. In order to get a comprehensive picture of these issues, I want public participation and input to go hand in hand with the work our city engineers will be doing.”

The city will gather input from residents and employees in Stamford to help focus the effort on the areas of greatest concern. The city will also ask volunteers to submit anonymous data about their daily trips to include real world travel patterns in the optimization project.

“Optimizing the performance of a system of more than 200 traffic signals is a big challenge, particularly in a dynamic and growing community such as Stamford. We are grateful to have the support of the FHWA and Connecticut Department of Transportation to bring focus and talent to this endeavor,” added Joshua Benson, bureau chief for Transportation, Traffic and Parking.

The $3 million that Stamford received is part of a larger $20 million allocation to fund projects that improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. Stamford will utilize the funds to upgrade the signal system and improve signal timings to achieve the primary objectives of the project, which are reduction in reoccurring congestion and minimizing delays to motorists and other street users.

The optimization of the signal timings will result in the reduction in emissions, enhance the overall performance of the city’s street system, and help increase safety for pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists.

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