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The City of Minot continues to make changes to its traffic signal network to improve traffic flow throughout the community.
Traffic Engineer Stephen Joersz and others in the traffic department have been reprogramming the timing of signals at several intersections around Minot, including the intersections of Broadway and 20th Avenue Northwest and Broadway and 36th Avenue North.
“With those particular intersections, we’re trying to inject another left turn phase into that 90 second or 110 second cycle,” Joersz said. “We want to change that timing so someone wanting to turn left should now have to wait approximately 45 seconds, which will improve traffic flow.”
The Traffic Department also recently spent time with officials from the North Dakota Department of Transportation to inspect the new signals at Burdick Expressway West and 6th Street and Burdick Expressway West and 16th Street.”
“With every infrastructure improvement on the DOT system, they perform a signal inspection just like we do for our own engineering projects,” Joersz said.
The new technology in new signals installed in Minot improves Joersz’s ability to make changes to traffic signal timing and provides him with additional information.
“With the old system, I’m pretty limited to the changes I can make,” he said. “With the improved technology in the new signals, I can be at my desk and make changes or look at video of what’s happening at these intersections. It also gives me traffic counts, which is what we base a lot of our decisions on.”
Joersz said every new signal installed now and in the future has updated technology, which ultimately improves the effectiveness of the overall system.