City engineers work to complete new transportation system - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

City engineers work to complete new transportation system

Getting around Memphis will be faster and less frustrating when city engineers complete the installation of an intelligent transportation system.

Wain Gaskins, City of Memphis Engineer, said, "that covers a variety of measures including traffic light synchronization, response management, video detection, video surveillance."

Fiber optic technology would synchronize traffic signals on some of the cities busiest roadways and allow engineers to monitor and adjust them from a remote command center.

Gaskins added, "We're looking at going all the way from Stage Rd U-S 63 in the Wolfchase area down to Winchester."

What does that mean for the average driver? "They will make fewer stops. They will save some fuel and help improve the air quality in the region," Gaskins added.

Memphis was awarded a 2.9 million dollar federal grant to implement the plan. The city has to kick in 1.2 million in taxpayer dollars.

"That has already been approved by city council and incorporated into the FY '08 budget," said Gaskins.

The technology is already in place on parts of Germantown Parkway. The new plan would connect those sections.

They're also looking at installing fiber optics on some other busy Memphis Roads.

"We're also looking at sections of Winchester, Lamar and some remaining sections of Stage Rd," he added.

The goal is to synchronize the more than 800 traffic signals in Memphis, giving travelers a cheaper, faster and greener way to drive.

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