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Lee County DOT receives an “A” on 2012 National Traffic Signal report

May 23, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The latest national traffic signal operations assessment conducted by the National Transportation Operations Coalition, a group of transportation associations, shows that gradual but steady progress is being made on the management and operation of traffic signals despite continued funding challenges. The effort to improve the Nation's traffic signal systems is driven by benefits such as reduced fuel consumption and congestion mitigation.

The Lee County Department of Transportation, which maintains and operates all the traffic signals in Lee County, scored a grade of A in this evaluation. This is an improvement of the score of B it scored in the last evaluation. Lee County has reorganized its Traffic Signal Section to focus on system maintenance. This focus has reduced the number of signal equipment failures, including traffic detection, so traffic moves with fewer unnecessary delays.

The Department has partnered with the Florida DOT and US Department of Energy to retime traffic signals to be more responsive to time of day and seasonal traffic variations. Since the last evaluation, Lee County has replaced 1990's era traffic signal monitoring software with new fiber optic communications. By the end of 2013, about 75 percent of the signals in the County will be directly tied to a new Traffic Signal Operations Center being constructed by the County and State DOTs.

2012 National Traffic Signal Report Card

Results for the Lee County DOT


Traffic Signal OperationsA

Signal Timing PracticesA

Traffic Monitoring and Data Collection MaintenanceC




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