Officials with the town of Lexington say you should travel through there up to 50% faster when a computerized network for traffic signals is installed.
Details were announced Monday about a high-tech system that will connect traffic lights at 27 intersections in Lexington, as well as five just outside the town.
And Mayor Randy Halfacre says this won't be a series of synchronized red lights that only help ease traffic congestion for a few blocks.
“This is actually a system that has cameras on each pole that will hold the new traffic light device,” Halfacre explains. “Also, DOT puts sensors in the pavement.
“Between those two devices – the camera and the sensors – it will feed the information on traffic flow instantly back to the computer and it will adjust the traffic signals throughout our town to balance out the flow of traffic.”
Halfacre says the system should help reduce vehicle emissions and should make travel safer through the town because you won't have to stop and start as much.
This approach has been tried along a portion of Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach and in Aiken along Whiskey Road.
But Lexington would be the first municipality in the state to use it on all its major roads.
The $4.5-million project is expected to be operational by early 2015.