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Montrealers soon to see new signals (September 01, 2002)

MONTREAL, Que. - Canada's eastern-most metropolis is poised to spend $20 million to smooth urban traffic.That means getting rid of 1,001 sets of traffic lights - electromechanical ones from the 1960s ...


MONTREAL, Que. – Canada’s eastern-most metropolis is poised to spend $20 million to smooth urban traffic.

That means getting rid of 1,001 sets of traffic lights – electromechanical ones from the 1960s – that are as outdated as manual typewriters.

They’re breaking down more often and replacement parts are hard to find, city officials insist. That’s why city council’s executive committee voted to borrow the money to replace the old controls in pre-merger Montreal with electronic controls over the next three years. In addition, 217 of the intersections – on such busy arteries as Sherbrooke Street and Pie IX, Henri Bourassa and Cremazie Boulevards – will have detectors embedded in the road surface to monitor vehicle flow.

Traffic signals are to adjust automatically to traffic flow.


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