Last updated on November 28, 2015
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – The city of Playa del Carmen has received the green light to go ahead with the installation of intelligent traffic lights.
Rodolfo del Angel Campos, director of Municipal Transit, says that a total of 17 crossings in Playa del Carmen will be part of the new intelligent traffic light system.
This new system will help improve road mobility. It will also see the relocation of some of the older light systems already in place.
Angel Campos explains that the new lights will be installed along avenues Juárez, Constituents and 30 in the first frame of the city, as well as some boulevard crossings in Playa del Carmen.
“The first installation will occur at boulevards where there is more movement of vehicles which will ensure a faster and safer area for tourists and locals because there are times when these areas have a lot of traffic flow,” he said.
Older traffic light systems that are being replaced with the new intelligent traffic systems will be used in the western areas of the city that need traffic lights. Angel Campos says that “one area they have identified is Colosio 125 and the Americas in the CTM extension 90 north, where traffic lights are needed to produce order and prevent accidents.”
Statistics from the Traffic Division show that about 20,000 vehicles per day pass through the traffic light systems of Playa del Carmen. During holiday seasons, those numbers climb to 35,000.
Intelligent traffic lights are advanced signaling devices positioned at pedestrian crossings, road intersections and other places to control the flow of traffic. They are a new system that combines existing technology with artificial intelligence to create lights that truly think for themselves. They are, in essence, signals that utilize a buried induction coil to sense the presence of signals that adapt to information that is received from a central computer about the position, speed and direction of vehicles.
The first installations are planned for the near future, likely yet this summer.