Harrisonburg, Virginia (WHSV) – The Harrisonburg City Council will meet Wednesday evening to hear requests from the city’s public works department to submit applications for SMART grants for traffic improvement research.
A US Department of Transportation grant will fund research into the potential impact of combining two traffic flow technologies along the Port Republic Road Corridor. The first technology is the Centracs Edaptive traffic light adaptation system that the city implemented in its road corridors during the summer.
“Essentially, the technology allows all traffic signals from Bluestone and Port to Devon and Port to communicate, so how many vehicles are entering the intersection and how many are leaving the intersection. I understand
As cameras count vehicles entering and exiting each intersection, the system sends data through a controller to the cloud, where it runs algorithms that help public works departments monitor traffic flow. The system also makes adjustments based on traffic levels.
“We push new timing plans and new timing adjustments into those intersections. The reason this is important is that small changes during peak Port Republic load times allow traffic to move through faster. said Hartman.
The grant study will explore the feasibility of combining the Edaptive system with a yet-to-be-implemented transit priority system that tracks where city buses are on their routes.
“We collect data from the bus and if bus A is running on schedule or bus A is behind schedule, tell the signal to let this bus pass this intersection faster and We tell the traffic cabinet that we’re going to be able to stop at ‘reliability,'” Hartman said.
The grant will be split into a testing phase to fund research and a second phase to fund further implementation of the technology across the city if they prove effective together. can be The City must submit grant applications by Friday, November 18th.
On Wednesday, the council will also vote on whether to adopt new environmental standards for newly constructed or renovated city buildings.
The Council voted on a resolution effective January 1, 2023 to reflect Virginia’s High Performance Building Act, which requires buildings constructed or renovated by local governments to meet Virginia’s energy efficiency and environmental standards. increase.
“This helps Harrisonburg show that it’s a leader. Not only does it encourage residents to cut their emissions, but it also encourages them to proactively enforce this state law sooner than necessary and add additional provisions. We are looking to reduce our emissions dramatically,” said Keith Thomas, Sustainability and Environmental Manager at Harrisonburg.
State law requirements include charging stations for electric vehicles and tracking energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The Harrisonburg resolution also requires city officials to incorporate solar energy infrastructure into new buildings whenever possible.
“Whenever our staff have to evaluate it and it is economically viable for our 20-year lifestyle, we put solar in our buildings,” says Thomas. “We need to add solar panels to the roofs of these buildings or plan to install solar panels there to increase energy efficiency, which reduces energy consumption.”
The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 9th.
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