City of Laredo Selects LAN as Prime Consultant for Traffic Signal Synchronization Project

Apr 19, 2018

The City of Laredo selected Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to synchronize traffic signals city-wide as part of its efforts to relieve congestion and improve the flow of vehicles along key corridors.

Laredo is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. According to a 2017 study prepared for the United States Conference of Mayors, Laredo’s population is expected to boom in the next 30 years outpacing most other cities in the country. Its strategic location on the Mexican border gives the City additional importance to the nation’s trade strategies. Also, the City is home to the largest inland port in the country.

Keeping this in mind, the Laredo City Council has prioritized this project to improve travel efficiency for its growing population and trade. Specifically, the City has identified and prioritized seven corridors, beginning with Mines Road (FM 1472), which is the most congested transportation corridor.

Three other local engineering firms will partner LAN and provide technical expertise on this project: Lee Engineering, AC Group, LLC and LNV, Inc. In all, LAN and its partners will:

• Collect traffic data for seven major corridors, including 80 signals.
• Analyze the signal systems and develop signal synchronization plans for each corridor.
• Implement signal timings in coordination with the City and the Texas Department of Transportation.
• Observe traffic progression, adjust synchronization as needed, and obtain new corridor travel times.

“This project is critical to the continued growth in the region,” said Bob Austin, P.E., LAN’s senior associate who will be leading the project. “It will contribute to the efficient transportation needs vital to the community, city, state and the nation, while improving the quality of life for Laredo residents.”

The $600,000 project is expected to be completed in one year.