Have you noticed the ride on Rosecrans from Harbor Drive to the Sports Arena is getting easier? That’s especially true during peak traffic times, as commuters flood in and out of the Peninsula.
During the first week in January, the City of San Diego turned on what’s called the Rosecrans Corridor Adaptive Traffic Control. It doesn’t make a great acronym (RCATC?), but it is making for less gridlock and smoother traffic flow.
Using a State grant, the City installed 12 new adaptive traffic system devices at intersections from Nimitz Blvd. to Hancock Street.
Apparently that’s what these thingamabobbys are. Although, be honest. When they mysteriously appeared last year, didn’t you immediately assume we were all under increased surveillance?
I’m told they are cell phone towers.
But I suspect if you addressed one as Alexa, it would answer trivia questions.
But, back to the road…
The new stoplights talk with each other, memorize traffic patterns and adjust accordingly. (No time to answer trivia questions. Don’t ask.)
Mayor Kevin Faulconer says the improvement in traffic flow is already pretty amazing. Travel time has been reduced by 25% during rush hours, and there are about 50% fewer stops at traffic lights.
To hear what else he said – and to find out which public figure described the whole Rosecrans/Midway/Sports Arena Blvd. area as a, “core triangle of traffic hell” – watch this video!
Anything that saves time, fuel and frustration is welcome.
Unfortunately, the main road through Point Loma is still a highway.
That’s not going to change. It’s the oldest commercial thoroughfare in the city.
Congestion is also a problem in The Village area, at the opposite end of Rosecrans.
However, from there to the Sub base, efforts are being made to slow traffic, not speed it up.
We could all help with that. Keep calm and carry on.