Baton Rouge announces traffic light synchronization program

Mon. July 13: Mayor Broome announces MOVEBR initiative to reduce city's traffic problem

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome announced a traffic light synchronization program Monday, July 13.

The program is part of the Mayor’s MOVEBR initiative to reduce traffic problems in the city.

The city will bore new sensors in the ground that can detect how many cars are at a given intersection at any time. Traffic engineers can then adjust the timing of the connected lights in real-time to account for unusually heavy days, accidents, or emergencies.

The engineers will bank that data to inform long-term timing adjustments that maximize the number of vehicles arriving at a light after it’s turned green, for example. Eventually, the computers inside the sensors will be able to make the adjustments themselves through machine-learning.

Under the old system, the city-parish sent engineers to some intersections to manually count the number of cars passing through.

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