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Some of the Northtowns are giving the green light to new traffic light upgrades

Posted: 6:37 AM, Nov 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-11 06:37:45-05

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — Some of the Northtowns are working to upgrade traffic lights.

65 signals around Amherst will be replaced.

Amherst Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa tells us, new technology for the signals, will be camera-based, and will be able to sense the amount of traffic on a city block, resulting in that information getting shared throughout the area.

"The best part is that each one of those signals will talk to the next signal and the signal after that in sequence so if you have vehicle volume building up at one, the next two know that volume is coming and they can adjust accordingly," Kulpa said.

The cameras also account for pedestrian traffic.

Upgrades will begin in January, and are expected to cost a total of $1.5 million in two years.

The Town of Tonawanda is also testing out this technology.