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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 01/05/2010
Subject :

Timing and Detection Equipment to be Installed on New Traffic Signal at Town & Country Center & Palo Alto High School
Contact : Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment    650-329-2321
Palo Alto, CA – The City is pleased to report that the new traffic controller and video detection cameras have arrived and will be installed with the new traffic signal on Embarcadero Road at the intersection of the Town & Country Village Shopping Center and the Palo Alto High School driveway over the next two weeks, shortening wait times at the signal. Upon installation of the new cameras and controller, the signal will ensure improved and safer access into and out of the Shopping Center to accommodate new trips from Trader Joe's and the upgraded Town & Country Village Shopping Center.

Prior to Trader Joe’s December grand opening, a new traffic signal was installed at the intersection of the shopping center and the high school driveway to enhance pedestrian and vehicle safety in the area. To accommodate traffic resulting from the opening of Trader Joe’s grocery store, an existing signal controller was installed temporarily until a new one arrived. Unfortunately, the new signal controller, scheduled to be delivered on December 22, was delayed. 

All remaining equipment needed for the traffic signal has now been delivered. The video detection cameras will be installed this week (scheduled for Wednesday) and should resolve 90% of the signal problems, allowing for real-time adjustment of signal timing and the decoupling of the pedestrian signal timing from the main signal. The new controller will be installed next week to complete the project. There may be a period of a couple of weeks of further adjustments by the City’s traffic engineer to further enhance the timing and to coordinate timing with Caltrans for the signal at El Camino Real.

"We really appreciate the community’s patience in dealing with any inconvenience caused by the interim traffic signal controller solution. Without timely delivery of the new traffic controller and video detection cameras, we knew that the traffic signal timing was not optimum, especially during peak traffic hours," said Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment. “Now that we have the equipment and can install the new video detection cameras, the majority of the traffic signal timing issues at the intersection should be resolved by the end of the week.”

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