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Edmond task force discusses transportation plans

Edmond task force discusses transportation plans

Edmond mayor talks about future of road projects

Published: January 26, 2010

Editor’s note : Edmond Mayor Patrice Douglas writes an occasional column for the Edmond/State section of The Oklahoman.

EDMOND — What’s next?

That was the question asked of our 2015 Transportation Task Force. Figuring out what road projects would best serve our Edmond residents. The dedicated group of volunteers, led by the very experienced Gerald Wright, made a report to city council last week.

Number one on the list is the Intelligent Transportation System. You have heard about this before — it is the light synchronization system — but it actually includes much more than just that. It is a method of traffic management that allows the city to reroute traffic based on real-time information. It synchronizes lights, gives real-time information about traffic jams or accidents, it can cut down on employee hours needed to check signals, increase our traffic efficiency, and more.

Number two on the list: the Kelly railroad grade separation project. This is an expensive project that city leaders have been talking about for a couple of years. I actually submitted information in 2009 to our congressional leaders, Mary Fallin and Jim Inhofe, to start the federal funding process.

The importance of the project was made even clearer by the task force report. With almost 3,000 added cars per day on Kelly, now that Broadway Extension is re-opened, the railroad crossing causes traffic to back up on to the ramp of Broadway... FULL ARTICLE

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