The new traffic lights implementation in the four main vehicle corridors in Patos de Minas should occur until the end of January 2020. The information was confirmed on Monday morning (2/12), during a press conference at Settram, when the entire strategy for the exchange of signals was presented to the press.
The modification provides greater mobility in traffic, with the so-called “green wave”, which is when there is greater synchronization between the signals that control traffic. The municipal traffic secretary, Roberto Campos, said that there will be an update of the software controllers of the traffic lights. According to him, the ones in use were acquired from different companies, which does not allow synchronization.
The secretary also explained that the new technology should initially be deployed along the entire length of Avenida Paracatu, Rua Dr. Marcolino, Avenida Getulio Vargas and Rua Major Gote, which are the main vehicle corridors in the city, causing with the “green wave” greater traffic flow.
The remodeling should also result in savings for the municipality, by avoiding greater spending on employees and fuel. Currently, maintenance is done by rounds in a truck, which makes two inspections a day. But according to the secretary, with the technology acquired, the system itself will detect breakdowns and issue an alert to the central office.
Ricardo Henrique Moura, director of Garra Traffic, a company that works in the field of traffic engineering solutions, presented the system. He emphasized that the implementation will require less infrastructure to the City Hall, since it does not use wiring. Communication with the monitoring center is via cell phone with chip.
Another possibility, according to the engineer, is programmed synchronization, taking into account peak and off-peak hours. Today, the equipment used for signaling gives the option of a single time for every day. But the software allows up to 40 time plans for different periods.
The new traffic lights should be fully installed by the end of January. Settram also reported that the changeover service may cause initial difficulties, such as traffic jams and increased wait times, until the modification is completed.