How replacing traffic signals downtown could help your commute

Posted at 8:37 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 00:19:11-04

The City of Denver spends millions of dollars every year to maintain and repair roads to try to limit traffic and congestion. But what about the things hanging above the roads? Those are getting an upgrade as well.

The Denver City Council approved an agreement with CDOT on Monday to spend more than $3 million to replace and upgrade traffic signals at over 100 downtown intersections.

"We are always looking for ways we can increase, improve the flow of traffic," Council President Albus Brooks said.

According to CDOT, the technology in many types of new traffic lights can actually ease the flow of traffic itself since they are more responsive, can have more sensors, and are made to work better in higher tech systems. 

"We are constantly updating our systems and we want to be the best most efficient city possible," Brooks added.

The $3,310,727 agreement with CDOT will focus on the Central Business District of downtown Denver, specifically between I-25, Colfax, Broadway, and Park Avenue West. 

The council also agreed to another contract with a local company to replace traffic lights along sections of South University Boulevard, as well as repair sidewalks, install pedestrian ramps, and fix curbs.

Brooks says once a few governmental steps happen, drivers can expect to see new lights within the next month.