City project could help relieve traffic trouble in Midland

City project could help relieve traffic trouble in Midland
(Source: KWES)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Midland's City Council is taking the steps it can to launch a project that will upgrade many of its technical systems, including the coordination of its traffic lights.

The project called "The Communication Ring" will connect traffic lights across the city with radio receivers, which officials say will provide traffic technicians the ability to better monitor, repair, and adjust the functions of all its traffic signals.

With the city's current system, a traffic light that is malfunctioning must be adjusted by a technician at the site.

The new system will allow for these kinds of issues to be fixed through remote repairs, which Midland's public information officer Elana Ladd says makes for a quicker and more efficient solution.

Ladd also said the system will help traffic flow, "This should help us manage those lights so the timings are really precise, so you're not getting stopped over and over with red lights, its gonna allow traffic to flow more smoothly."

The city council has agreed to use city funds to pay just over 1.5 million dollars for the project, which is half of "The Communication Ring's" cost.

The other half is expected to come from the Midland Development Corporation.

A decision the MDC will vote on in the next few months.

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