Ohio's capital getting new traffic system

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital city is spending $38.1 million to overhaul its traffic system.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/176HzNJ ) that work to replace a 1970s era system will by 2018 give city traffic managers control over every traffic signal to help them keep motorists moving.

Monitors can adjust stoplight signal timing in response to backups and new software will give them more capacity to work with the city's suburbs and Franklin County.

Traffic cameras will triple to 150, and fiber-optic cable and wireless connections will ease fragmentation of traffic control efforts. That can help avoid what one official calls traffic problems that can be likened to a clogged drain that causes overflows elsewhere.

It should be good news for the city's commuters, who can expect quicker travel times to work and home.

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