Central control of traffic lights reestablished in San José

Highway engineers say that connection has been reestablished between traffic signals at 325 intersections and a central control center. The job cost nearly $1 million.

The center is supposed to keep traffic flowing better but thunderstorms knocked out the system.

In addition to a computer hookup with traffic signals, the center has six cameras positioned near Paseo Colon, Avenida Segunda, San Pedro and the Caribbean bus terminal to keep an eye on traffic.

With the connection reestablished, workers at the central
control are supposed to know when a traffic light bulb fails so they can dispatch a repair crew.

The crews at the Dirección General de Ingeniería de Tránsito also will know when there is vandalism or someone steals traffic signal parts, as happens frequently.

The agency, which is part of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, will be having electronic signboards replaced. These should be in service next month. The agency said that the signboards suffered failures but that they were under guarantee.

They are located near Parque la Sabana, La Uruca, Guadalupe and Curridabat. They give instructions to motorists or issue general warnings and are controlled centrally.

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