Apr 11, 2023 - News

Cleveland to pilot smart traffic signals

Illustration of a hand guiding a computer mouse on a highway-themed mouse pad.

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The City of Cleveland has received a $1.8 million federal Department of Transportation grant that will enable it to create traffic signal priority for emergency vehicles.

Driving the news: City Council approved the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) grant last week, which will pay for consultants and other professional services to design, prototype and evaluate "intelligent, cloud-based adaptive traffic signals."

Details: The city, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and Cleveland State University worked together to identify two pilot corridors for the project — Kinsman and West 25th Street — based on transit, safety, emergency and multimodal needs.

  • The signals may incorporate "optical sensor-based detection," which would eliminate the need for pedestrians to push a walk button.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Department of Transportation also received a SMART grant.

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