Decades ago, Casa Grande had little traffic, and getting across town took only a few minutes. Now the city is bigger, and the number of cars on the streets has grown exponentially. This is compounded by shoppers who come in from outside and thousands of people who flock to the community in the cooler months.

The city has a system of cameras installed a few years ago to cause traffic signals to change, and that works pretty well. The length of time for green lights was programmed in earlier. Now city government is looking at an upgrade that would let the system better respond to current conditions. The cost potentially is $1 million, although it would be less if applied just to Florence Boulevard, which is where the greatest challenge lies.

The upgrade sounds promising. It won’t do miracles, but Casa Grande’s traffic situation could be much worse if not for professional management techniques already in use. More potential congestion is in the future, but technology can help.

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