"Smart" signals aim to ease traffic flow in Fishers

The town will be the first in Indiana to get "smart" traffic signals, which use a communication system to ease the flow of traffic.

Fishers, Ind.

Drivers in Fishers may experience a little less road rage this year. The town will be the first in Indiana to get "smart" traffic signals, which use a communication system to ease the flow of traffic.

Currently, most traffic lights run on a timer or sensor, but smart signals use cameras and loops to detect and prepare for oncoming traffic.

"Today, when a light turns green in one intersection, three intersections down, it doesn't necessarily know what's going on," said Town Manager Scott Fadness. "With this new system it has a computer, a brain if you will, that talks to all these different intersections and make sure that we are being as efficient as possible."

The signals will be put into three busy corridors: Allisonville Road, 96th street and 116th street. Work will start this summer and be completed by this fall.

Fishers worked with INDOT to get the new system. The State is even paying $2 million on the project. Fisher is pitching in up to $400,000.

Fadness said it’s a smart investment with a huge payback.

"This is a way for us to improve efficiencies without having to spend a lot of tax dollars on large infrastructure improvements," he said. "Less time on the road means more time with your family."

BLOGS

Jump to a blog