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Adaptive traffic system approved for Holcomb Bridge: Will improve traffic flow, says Roswell City Council



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April 10, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. – Holcomb Bridge Road and Ga. 92's traffic systems will get a facelift in the coming year. The new construction project spanning those roads will bring faster travel time and more efficient responses by the public safety department.

The Roswell City Council unanimously approved the $1.7 million contract with R.J. Haynie and Associates on April 8 during their regular meeting.

"We did not lightly enter into that expenditure," Councilmember Betty Price said. "It was properly bid, and we took the lowest bidder."

There will be three components to the advance traffic management system project, according to Director of Transportation Steve Acenbrak.

The first is called adaptive control systems. It will update the traffic computers, so they will not be on a fixed time.

"The computers will actually think," said Acenbrak. "When traffic builds, the computers will adjust the timing of the lights."

Speed sensors are the second element. Sensors will provide city officials with data on whether traffic is speeding up or slowing down. The computers then can adjust the traffic lights to the congestion on the road.

The final piece will be new cameras. These cameras will help show city officials what is happening on the street other than the data for the computers, such as accidents.

"We'll have better data coming to us," Acenbrak said. "We'll also have the ability to remotely affect something, so we don't have to send a guy out there or if there's something that happens. We'll see it on our cameras."

Construction will take about nine months. R.J. Haynie and Associates is based in Lake City, Ga. They have been doing construction for 34 years, since 1979.

The project will be mostly behind the scenes and not cause havoc to the current traffic or force any detours, said Acenbrak.

"We actually have a similar project on Ga. 9 right now," he said. "You don't really see it. You'll see bucket trucks and fiber optics and cameras along with other things. But it's almost all behind the scenes."

Acenbrak said that the transportation department plans to notify the public when it's done and cut a ceremonial ribbon.

"Seeing this was something I ran on in 2009. I'm excited to see it nearing its completion," Price said.

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