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City traffic engineers complete periodic overhaul of stoplights

Employees with the City of Wilmington recently finished making a periodic overhaul to the city's traffic signals. Employees with the City of Wilmington recently finished making a periodic overhaul to the city's traffic signals.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- Employees with the City of Wilmington recently finished making a periodic overhaul to the city's traffic signals.

Denys Vielkanowitz, a traffic engineer with the City of Wilmington is constantly looking at traffic patterns and figuring out ways to make adjustments.  Vielkanowitz said the engineers complete a traffic assessment of the city's stoplights every 18 months.

"We looked at Market Street, Military Cutoff, and Carolina Beach Road this fall," said Vielkanowitz. 

The employees use multiple cameras to monitor 212 different stoplights throughout Wilmington.  They work to make sure that when motorists are traveling the city's main roads, green lights are more prevalent then sequential red lights.

"Employment centers may change.  A business on the west side of town may close and a business on the east side of town may close.  That's going to drastically change how people commute to these areas," Vielkanowitz said.  

In an interview Friday, Wilmington mayor Bill Saffo said that the city's traffic management work will extend beyond main roads.

"We're going to see what we can do in the coming year and attack different neighborhoods that have traffic problems this year," Saffo explained.

Vielkanowitz explained that he and his coworkers will continue their constant checks and periodic traffic signal overhauls as long as the city's traffic patterns continue to change.

"Once you start somewhere, you just have to keep going and eventually you'll catch back up to yourself and start all over."

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