Funds to pay for more traffic signal controls

LAWRENCEVILLE - Thanks to the federal stimulus package, more fiber optic traffic signal controls will be added to sections of Buford Highway and Sugarloaf Parkway.

The Board of Commissioners awarded a $2.58 million contract Tuesday to Infrasource Underground Construction Services.

The equipment is to be installed over the next 18 months and should add 12 more miles of remote-control capabilities to the current system.

The controls on Buford Highway will be installed between Global Forum Boulevard and Sugarloaf Parkway.

The Sugarloaf Parkway project will run from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Ga. Highway 20.

Gwinnett Department of Transportation Director Brian Allen said the department was grateful for the federal funds to expand its traffic monitoring system.

"The equipment really helps us move traffic, spot congestion or malfunctioning signals, and monitor detours," Allen said.

The new equipment will allow Gwinnett's Traffic Control Center to monitor traffic using live video cameras and to make adjustments by remote control. Georgia DOT will also use the cameras as part of their Georgia Navigator System.