At the regular meeting of the Cypress City Council on October 22, 2018, the Council unanimously approved the City’s participation in the $4.9 million Katella Avenue Traffic Signal Synchronization Project, which is intended to improve traffic flow across 19 miles of one of Orange County’s busiest streets.
From the City Council Report:
Traffic signal synchronization allows a series of lights to turn green in advance of arriving traffic based on timers set to current traffic conditions and congestion levels. This improves traffic flow by coordinating traffic lights across city boundaries. Most signal timing projects result in five to 15 percent improvement in travel time and speed, reducing travel times, stops and delays.
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) serves as lead agency and organizer of this project. The $4.9 million cost will be shared among the participating cities, which include Cypress, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Orange, Stanton, and Villa Park (in addition to the County of Orange).
Cypress’s cash contribution amounts to $27,600, appropriated from the Lighting District Fund. Los Alamitos is expected to contribute $107,025, with $10,980 from Garden Grove and Anaheim shouldering the largest burden at $410,562.
The Katella Avenue Traffic Signal Synchronization Project will coordinate a total of 73 signals, from the 605 Freeway in Los Alamitos to Jamboree Street Orange.