City of San Diego installs smart stoplights to ease congestion

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 20:34:09-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A City of San Diego program to reduce congestion with "Smart Stoplights," celebrated another expansion Wednesday.

District 6 Councilman Chris Cate hosted a press conference along Mira Mesa Blvd at Reagan Road to officially bring six more intersections online from Schilling Avenue to Camino Ruiz. Some 50,000 cars and trucks use Mira Mesa Blvd. every day, making it one of the busiest roads in San Diego.

The signal lights at those intersections are now equipped with cameras that monitor traffic and adjust the lights to maximize flow and minimize congestion.

"From day one, I have been a staunch advocate for smart stoplights," said Cate. "My constituents have been asking for a solution to this problem, and I am pleased that we have found one."

The project already includes intersections stretching to Interstate 5, and will eventually extend to the 805. Other streets already benefiting from Smart Stoplights include sections of Rosecrans St. in Pt. Loma and Friars Road in Mission Valley.

San Diego has approved spending $163 million on the program to help relieve gridlock in several areas.