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Harmony Traffic Signal Improvement

March 7, 2024

The Town implemented a timing coordination plan last month for the Harmony Road traffic signals from Main Street to Colorado Blvd. The benefits of this traffic signal coordination are:

Improved Traffic Flow: One of the most significant benefits of Traffic Signal Coordination is the improvement of traffic flow. By coordinating signals, vehicles move efficiently through intersections, reducing the number of stops and starts. This leads to a smoother flow of traffic, reducing delays and wait times for drivers.

Reduced Congestion: Traffic congestion can be a frustrating experience for drivers, leading to increased travel times, fuel consumption, and emissions. Traffic Signal Coordination helps to reduce congestion by keeping traffic moving and reducing the number of vehicles stuck in traffic jams. This not only improves the commute experience for drivers but also reduces the environmental impact of traffic on the surrounding area.

Increased Safety: Traffic Signal Coordination also improves safety on the roads. By reducing the number of stops and starts, drivers are less likely to engage in risky driving behaviors such as speeding or running red lights. Furthermore, coordinated signals reduce the potential for collisions by ensuring that vehicles move through intersections in an orderly and predictable manner.

Cost-Effective: Implementing Traffic Signal Coordination is a cost-effective solution for improving traffic flow. Compared to other transportation infrastructure projects, such as building new roads or highways, Traffic Signal Coordination is relatively inexpensive. Furthermore, the benefits of Traffic Signal Coordination can be realized quickly, with improvements in traffic flow seen within weeks of implementation.

The plan favors westbound traffic in the morning and eastbound in the afternoon. The coordination plans will be active from 6 am-9 pm. An impact of the coordination plan is that side street traffic may have to wait longer for a green light (up to ~2 minutes depending on the time of day and when arriving at the signal).