Preliminary results of a study into the effectiveness of the timing of Gilbert’s 172 stop lights showed improvement to the flow and safety of traffic.
The town has seen a 25 percent overall reduction in drivers being stopped at lights during peak hours, which means drivers have a 25 percent decrease in the chance of being stopped at a traffic light. It also shows a 30 percent overall decrease in the traffic delay during peak hours.
Both figures are expected to translate into safer and smoother driving conditions, town officials believe.
Fuel consumption is calculated to have dropped by 5 percent, despite the drive distance remaining the same.
The project was funded by a $500,000 federal grant, and provides the town with a computer simulation model for current and future use.