The city is testing a new traffic light signal that is intended to reduce the amount of time drivers and pedestrians spend stopped at a red light.
The adaptive traffic signal system has been installed at intersections between 103A Avenue and 111 Avenue on 101 Street intersections.
The city says Edmonton is the first Canadian municipality to test the technology, which monitors traffic signal times to adapt to the current traffic conditions.
It will also detect pedestrians and turn on the walk light.
“The City’s traffic signals operate within national guidelines and are consistent with many North American agencies, but adaptive traffic signals have the potential to reduce delays and travel time in some areas of Edmonton’s street network,” said Olga Messinis, Director of Traffic Operations for the city in a written release.
The signals are being tested as a three-month pilot program, before the city considers implementing it on a larger scale.
“Our action plan requires us to test each technology and its impact to ensure it is compatible with the City’s overall traffic system, is the least disruptive for drivers and other road users, and can be implemented on a large scale at an acceptable level of cost,” said Messinis.
The pilot program will cost $750,000. Results from the pilot will go to council in March 2020.