The Wavetronix SmartSensor Matrix is being installed at a new intersection in rural Pennsylvania in order to improve traffic efficiency, and officials hope to use the installation as a model for future deployments at other rural intersections.
October 22, 2014
PROVO, UT—The Wavetronix SmartSensor Matrix is being installed at a new intersection in rural Pennsylvania in order to improve traffic efficiency, and officials hope to use the installation as a model for future deployments at other rural intersections.
The intersection in Franconia, Pennsylvania, brings together three important roads – Cowpath Road, Godshall Road and West Broad Street – into a new intersection configuration and adds a new traffic signal. Traffic engineers opted to install radar instead of cameras, which are widely used throughout Pennsylvania, because, unlike cameras, Matrix performs well in difficult conditions, including changes in weather or light. Matrix also features a 140-foot, 90-degree field of view, so it monitors a wider area than cameras.
“The radar will be able to operate without those issues,” Cindy VanHise, traffic engineer for the city of Franconia, told the Montgomery News. “They can really get a good picture of what’s going on out there.”
The Montgomery News reported that the system can and will be operated as a stand-alone system for the traffic signal at this particular intersection. The Matrix system is new to Franconia, although approximately 70 signalized intersections use the detector throughout the five-county area of southeastern Pennsylvania that encompasses Franconia.
“These are used in more rural areas where there are large spaces between traffic signals,” said Charles Metzger, the community relations coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
According to the Montgomery News, federal funding is covering 80 percent of the intersection realignment and improvement project. The intersection has been closed to traffic since June and is scheduled to reopen in November.
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