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$8 million designated to improve traffic flow on O.C.’s roads

The funds will go toward synchronizing traffic signals on 17 of the county’s busiest streets.

By Caitlin AdamsPublished: June 15, 2011

Twelve Orange County cities will share $8 million for traffic signal synchronization projects to improve efficiency on the area’s most heavily congested roadways. The Orange County Transportation Authority voted this week to deliver the first funds for the projects.

Seventeen major streets are scheduled to undergo signal synchronization. The total scope of the project is expected to include more than 500 signals along approximately 140 miles of roads.

“This is an exciting milestone, and we are very happy to start delivering on the promises made under the renewed Measure M to cities throughout Orange County,” said OCTA Chairwoman and Fifth District Supervisor Patricia Bates. “These are the first in what will be a long list of signal synchronization projects to make the lives of our residents better over the next 30 years.”

Signal synchronization is a system that times traffic signals to maximize the number of green lights for drivers during the hours of heaviest road use, ensuring that vehicles are moving in the most efficient manner. Recent pilot projects reduced travel times for drivers on Oso Parkway in Mission Viejo by up to 30 percent and on Euclid Street in Fullerton by up to 25 percent.

The funds will be delivered through the Measure M2 half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, which was approved by 70 percent of voters in 2006. The tax, which officially began on April 1, is expected to bring in $15 billion over the next 30 years.

Apart from Fullerton and Mission Viejo, the other cities that will receive funds are Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Santa Ana.

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