West Lafayette traffic management system gets the green light

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A new traffic management system could help drivers get around West Lafayette a little easier.

The West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission approved the more than $240,000 investment Wednesday.

City Engineer Ed Garrison said crews have already installed underground fiber optics to connect all signals in the city. Those will then be adjustable by a master controller.

Garrison said downtown Lafayette has a similar system. He said once installed, drivers will notice a difference.

“[It] adjusts timings to allow for clean, green light routes from one end of a street to the other,” Garrison said.

He said the system will be installed sometime in the near future.

“You can physically see six or seven lights in front of you changing from red to green, and the traffic is getting closer and closer to it,” he explained. “So, we’ll have that same kind of system setup here.”

Garrison said up to 50 signals will be replaced as the system is installed.

Installation should be complete by spring 2017.