Coordinated Signals Coming To Rt 611
Funding is in place for upgrading eight traffic signals on Old York Road in Jenkintown, thanks to Montgomery County’s “Jump Start” program for highway projects. County Transportation Planner Leo Bagley says those signals will talk to the other ones on Route 611 between Philadelphia and Doylestown, giving motorists a quicker and smoother ride.
“The average motorist is not going to get stopped by constant red lights. The sensors in the road are going to be able to know what the traffic flows and volumes are. They’ll be able to be responsive to it instead of just coming up with a standard signal timing that doesn’t regard the traffic or the time of the week or the time of the day or night.”
Bagley says sensors buried in the pavement will send information to the other signals, and Abington Township and PennDOT can adjust the timing to accommodate changing traffic patterns. He says the borough will award the bid early next month, construction will start in the summer, and the project should be finished by late this year. The county is paying about 90 percent of the $660,000 cost, and Jenkintown is paying about ten percent.