Richmond set to re-time 300 traffic signals in downtown area


RICHMOND, VA. (WRIC) — The City of Richmond is partnering with VDOT, Richmond Regional Planning Organization and the Federal Highway Administration to begin work on the re-timing of 300 signalized intersections around the downtown area. 

It’s part of an initiative project that began in January and included the re-timing of 71 intersections in the Southside and 17 in the Northside. 

Starting Saturday, work will be done on signals at intersections in downtown Richmond to help improve safety and timing. 

“The first phase of this is going to be downtown from Belvidere Street east,” said City Transportation Engineer Mike Sawyer. “That’ll happen over the next six weeks.” 

The project is in alignment with Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s announcement last October of the city’s participation in the Vision Zero initiative, which aims to reduce crashes causing serious injuries and death for all transportation users through updated traffic signal timings.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the results and that would be less stops and starts for motorists,” said Sawyer. “It means that pedestrians can get across the street. It allows our bus rapid transit system to move effectively through the system as well. So it’s really tying all of those pieces together.”

Additional benefits of new timing plans include improving pedestrian safety and multi-modal mobility, decreased wear on motor vehicles, as well as improved gas mileage by reducing the number of stops and starts. 

These improvements include: high visibility crosswalks, accessible ramps, pedestrian countdown signals and improved signal timings. These improvements will increase pedestrian safety on our major arterials citywide at more than 390 signalized intersections. 

The city is leveraging state and federal funding sources to implement this important timing project as part of an overall $3.5 million initiative to improve pedestrian safety through funding from the FHWA and VDOT’s Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), and $800,000 funded throughout the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program from RRTPO. 

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