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City tweaks signal timing to give good drivers more green lights on Greenback Lane

Traffic signals along Greenback Lane are timed to benefit drivers traveling at the speed limit. // CH Sentinel

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The City of Citrus Heights last week updated traffic signal timing along a three-and-a-half mile stretch of Greenback Lane, meaning that drivers traveling the 40-mile-per-hour speed limit should hit less stop lights and enjoy quicker travel times through the city.

A total of 14 traffic signals, between Indian River Drive and Fair Oaks Boulevard, were adjusted to help improve traffic flow, according to the City’s Principal Civil Engineer Leslie Blomquist. She said the goal is to get “large groups of cars (driving the speed limit) through as many green lights in a row as possible.”

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The changes come after the city’s engineering team collected real-time counts of traffic on Greenback Lane, including during morning and evening peak commute times. Blomquist said the team also drove through the corridor and noted whether light timings should be longer or shorter.

The city says drivers traveling at the speed limit will now minimize travel time, the number of stops, delays, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

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