County buys stoplight-timing software to help Riva Road traffic

March 08, 2009|By Tyeesha Dixon

In an effort to decrease congestion on Riva Road near Annapolis Towne Centre, the county plans to purchase software that adjusts traffic signal timing throughout the day.

If the software is successful, the county plans to expand its use to Forest Drive in Annapolis, West Nursery Road near Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and College Parkway in Arnold, the county announced Thursday.

The county plans to pay for the $141,000 project using a federal grant administered by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and about $28,000 in county funds. The program should be fully operational by the fall, according to the county.

"Studies show that idling and traffic congestion [cause] more air pollution than vehicles traveling at higher speeds," County Executive John R. Leopold said in a statement.

"The goal is to decrease emissions while also adding convenience for traffic on Riva Road from Route 2 to Riva Trace Parkway and connecting side streets."

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