Traffic Light Synchronization Project
The Osceola Energy Initiative (OEI) is currently working with Public Works on Traffic Light Synchronization Project in Osceola County which consists of the retiming of traffic signals continuously on a total of forty-four lane miles of on John Young Parkway from U. S. 192 to Greenwald Way and on Osceola Parkway from Buenaventura Boulevard to John Young Parkway. Retiming traffic signals has many benefits, including but not limited to:
- Coordinated traffic flow,
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions,
- Decreased fuel use,
- Improved air quality
- Increased travel times,
- Fewer vehicular accidents,
- Minimized road wear and maintenance, and
- Promotes the efficiency of mass transit or commercial vehicles, and public transportation.
The retiming of the traffic light signals on John Young Parkway and Osceola Parkway should be completed by mid-year 2012.
- In Gainesville, FL, retiming eight (8) traffic light signals on SR 26 reduced average traffic delays by 94 percent and traffic stops by 77 percent, resulting in estimated annual fuel savings of 3,300 gallons and overall annual cost savings of $93,000 (2001).
- In Jacksonville, FL, retiming a total of twenty five (25) traffic light signals on San Jose Boulevard reduced average traffic delays by 35 percent, traffic stops by 39 percent and traffic travel time by 7 percent, resulting in estimated annual fuel savings of 65,000 gallons and overall annual cost savings of $2.5 million (2001).
- In St. Augustine, FL retiming a total of eleven (11) traffic light signals On U.S. 1 reduced average traffic delays by 36 percent, traffic stops by 49 percent and traffic travel time by 10 percent, resulting in estimated annual fuel savings of 26,000 gallons and overall annual cost savings of $1.1 million (2001).