New Technology To Put Brakes On Traffic Congestion In Windsor

The City of Windsor is putting the brakes on traffic congestion.

On Monday night, Windsor city council approved purchasing new 'adaptive technology' that will recognize traffic jams and make adjustments to the signals.

"It does more than just simply synchronize our lights, it looks at what is happening and what is going to happen further down stream on the road," says Windsor's Senior Manager of Traffic Operations John Wolfe.

Speaking on AM800's the Lynn Martin Show, Wolfe says the new $570,000 technology will be installed in the next four to five months, starting in 10 main intersections.

He says the system monitors the road capacity and adjusts accordingly.

"With adaptive, what you would find is that as the roadway approaches capacity, the system acknowledges it and it starts adapting signals so that the onset of full congestion and full saturation is delayed."

Wolfe says the focus of the new technology will be the main north-south corridors such as Dougall, Ouellette, Howard,  Walker and Lauzon as well as the east-west corridors such as Wyandotte and Tecumseh Rd.