Jul 28, 2021 - News
Des Moines drivers, are you seeing red? It could be your fault
Des Moines is retiming all 425 traffic signals in the city.
Why it matters: It'll decrease travel times, improve traffic congestion and help reduce vehicle emissions.
- Pedestrian and bicycle traffic timing is also being considered to improve safety and walkability.
Driving the news: The DSM City Council approved the fourth phase of the five-phase traffic signal timing project this month.
Catch up quick: The city is currently in the third phase, which started in 2019.
- Total cost: $1.3 million, paid largely by state and federal grants.
- Completion date: The end of 2023.
Flashback: Des Moines' signal timings were last systematically updated about 20 years ago.
- Substantial development and traffic patterns have changed in that time.
🏎 Be smart: With the new timing switches, you can often drive key corridors like Grand or Locust without having to stop at a red light. Just make sure not to speed.
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