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June 26, 2014

'Smart' traffic signal coming to Woodbine Lane

DANVILLE — Geisinger is looking to relieve congestion around its Woodbine Lane campus through the addition of a “smart signal” traffic light and other changes.

The installation of the new traffic light and other traffic flow improvements is expected to begin in the fall, said Bob Markowski, associate vice president, of facilities administration, at the Wednesday’s Geisinger authority meeting.

The new light will have a camera on it so it can alter its signal based on traffic patterns. Most stop lights change from green to red based on a preset timing cycle, but with the camera the “smart signal” light can speed up to green if it detects fewer vehicles on one side of an intersection, thus resulting in a smoother flow of traffic.

The current traffic entrance to the Woodbine Lane campus will also be relocated back about 300 feet. The entrance is presently about 100 feet from Woodbine’s intersection with Route 11 and Geisigner plans to move it to be 400 feet from the intersection, near Enterprise Drive. This is due in part to construction on the Woodbine campus that will double its size, resulting in additional traffic, according to Mike Ferlazzo, of Geisinger’s public relations department.

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