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New signals to aid Canfield

Published: Tue, January 24, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Elise Franco



New traffic signals will give Canfield safety forces the ability to stop traffic in all directions during an emergency call.

Canfield secured a $550,000 grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation and Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to replace and update traffic and pedestrian signals at the city’s five intersections.

Joe Warino, city manager, said the project will replace two signals at U.S. Route 224 and state Route 46, as well as signals at 224 and Hillside Road, 224 and Cardinal Drive; and state Route 62 and Wadsworth Road.

Warino said each of the new signals will have LED lighting, making them more energy efficient, and the pedestrian signals will have sound detection.

“The signals are brighter and more energy efficient,” he said. “You can see these types of upgrades popping up all over the place.” Brent Kovacs, spokesman for ODOT, said the project is slated to begin in 2014, and will bring Canfield up to date with the latest technology available.

“Any time we do a signal project we’re going to update it to the newest equipment,” he said.

Warino said two intersections — 224 at 46 and 224 at Cardinal — will have a monitoring and control system that allows police or fire personnel to change the signal remotely.

“During a traffic backup, such as coming out of a football game, officers can control the signal to allow more time for a green light,” he said. “This allows traffic to flow and avoids jams.”

Kovacs said ODOT maintains 75 traffic signals in Mahoning County, and these two in Canfield will be the first to have this type of remote equipment.

Warino said the remote system also will help police and fire crews respond to calls more quickly and safely than before. In the past two years, the Cardinal Joint Fire District was involved in two crashes because a car didn’t stop or slow down for a truck sounding its siren, he said.

“They can trigger the signal to go into a red mode in all directions,” he said. “Dealing with an accident or a delay during a call could be a matter of whether or not a life is saved.”


1lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Half a million dollars to change lights???
As to controlling the lights after a game why can,t the cops get out of their cars and direct traffic by hand?

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2kensgirl(1056 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

If a police officer gets out of his car to direct traffic there's one less officer on the street to patrol. Then if someone gets a break in etc the first thing people will say is "Where's the cops?" This technology is invaluable in any city. It frees up manpower.

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3lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

It's not free it's half a million dollars

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4kensgirl(1056 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

What price would YOU put on a life you love? Anything that speeds up response time is worth it no matter what the cost. You can't put a price on a human life.

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5semick(15 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Great technology - it will enhance safety. yes, overpriced. I need to start a company and buy LED's (all made in Asia at dirt cheap prices) and construct my own traffic signaling devices equipped with remote signaling to sell at $90,000 markup per device....:)

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6AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

semick. make sure you talk to mitt romney about paying little tax on that money when you get done.

Half a million dollars does seem like a lot of money. Also it is dangerous for police to direct traffic. Especially in the dark. I know officers who have been hit by vehicles while directing traffic.

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