San Diego officials are hoping a $163 million plan to install modern stoplight timing systems and other advanced technologies will address worsening traffic congestion on city roads.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the proposed 10-year plan would connect each of the city's stoplights into a timing and coordination network controlled by a central hub. Old-fashioned technology would get replaced and cameras would be installed to help the city monitor traffic.
City officials say using advanced technology to boost traffic flow will not only combat gridlock, but it will also serve as a less expensive alternative to widening roads or building transit lines.
Roads targeted for upgrades include Mira Mesa Boulevard, La Jolla Parkway, University Avenue, Balboa Avenue and Rosecrans Street.
The plan is to be supported by several funding sources, including grants and revenue from the county's half-cent sales tax surcharge for transportation projects.