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Optimized traffic light timing coming to downtown Kamloops

June 10, 2021 - 11:30 AM

Traffic flow should be smoother in downtown Kamloops after lights are optimized next week.

On June 13 and June 16, crews will be downtown to optimize traffic timing for both drivers and pedestrians, according to a news release from the City of Kamloops.

For drivers, this means coordinated traffic lights along Lansdowne, Victoria and Seymour Streets, so drivers will pass along a "green wave" through each intersection.

New to Kamloops, leading pedestrian intervals are coming to Victoria Street. This means walk signals will turn on several seconds earlier, as traffic signals remain red.

This is already used in other B.C. municipalities, the City said, but this is the first time this type of signal timing has been brought to Kamloops.

The timing strategy will increase pedestrian visibility and reinforces a pedestrian's right-of-way over turning vehicles.

New traffic management equipment and controllers will be installed at several intersections, so they can be connected to the city's traffic management system, the City said. It didn't say which intersections.

Traffic flow improvements were made downtown in 2013 to improve timing during the busy morning hours. More recently, peak afternoon hours were optimized in 2015.

Most of the work is planned for Sunday, June 13, but any remaining work is set to be completed on June 16. Drivers should expect closures and detours during the day.

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