New Traffic Signal in Swedesboro to be Activated Tomorrow (weather permitting) Glen Echo Road & Kings Highway to get new hi-tech light
New Traffic Signal in Swedesboro to be Activated Tomorrow (weather permitting)
Glen Echo Road & Kings Highway to get new hi-tech light
(Swedesboro) - The previously un-signaled intersection of Glen Echo Road (County Route 538) and Kings Highway (County Route 551) will have a change starting tomorrow - a fully operational traffic signal. Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Deputy Director Bob Damminger announced that this new signal, which was funded by state aid, will utilize newer technology to change the vehicular right of way for the roadway approaches.
"Glen Echo road has seen a big increase in traffic, especially during the summer when residents are heading to the shore," said Freeholder Director Sweeney. "On top of the shore traffic, the growth of Woolwich had really strained that intersection and traffic would get really backed up there," stated Sweeney.
Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger, who serves as the liaison to the county's Highway Division, said, "We have worked with Swedesboro and constructed the traffic light at this intersection to increase traffic efficiency and safety. The project involved some minor widening at the intersection to help with truck turns and a left turn lane was also added on the Kings Highway approach to Glen Echo Road.," stated Damminger. "It's going to be a much better situation at the intersection now," Freeholder Damminger said.
The project includes video camera technology to change the vehicular right of way for the roadway approaches. The equipment does not record, but instead captures movement to change the light. "This new technology works a lot better then the traditional loop detectors," said Freeholder Director Sweeney. "It is able to work with lighter and higher vehicles like motorcycles and SUV's and it even captures bicyclists to help with the traffic flow," concluded Sweeney.