El Cajon receives federal grants for traffic safety

by Rick Griffin

The City of El Cajon has been awarded three grants totaling $1.57 million from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program for infrastructure-related improvements to make roadways safer and improve traffic flow. Projects receiving the federal aid include:
— The Avocado Avenue-Ballantyne Street corridor: installation of two miles of fiber-optic traffic signal cable to connect traffic signals at seven intersections; installation of 10 street lights to improve nighttime roadway visibility; and, the replacement of traffic sensors with new technology that better detects vehicles waiting for a green light.
— Traffic signal indication upgrades at 57 intersections involving the use of larger 12-inch-diameter LEDs to improve visibility of red, yellow and green lights.
— The Fletcher Parkway-Broadway corridor: installation of 10 miles of fiber-optic traffic signal cable to connect 19 existing traffic signals and allow views of real-time traffic at a management center at City Hall.