From The National Traffic Signal Report Card: costs to update signal timing is $3,000 per intersection.
The National Traffic Signal Report Card: Technical Report developed by the National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC) used three key components to estimate the costs of traffic signal operations:
1.) Appropriate traffic signal hardware
2.) Routine traffic signal timing updates; and
3.) Maintenance performed by well-trained technicians
Traffic signal hardware consists of several primary components: the signal heads, sensors to detect vehicular traffic, and the signal controller. Having up-to-date equipment is important to sound traffic signal operations. The signal controller should be upgraded, at a cost of approximately $10,000 each, minimally every 10 years.
Routine traffic signal timing updates cost $3,000 or less per intersection. Signal timing plans should be updated every three to five years, or more frequently depending on growth and changes in traffic patterns.
Well-trained technicians are needed to maintain traffic signal hardware so that the signal system is operating in good order and according to the timing updates. A current assumption is one traffic signal technician can maintain 30-40 signals. The average costs of a technician is $56,000 per year which includes salary, benefits (approximately 30-35% of salary), vehicles, parts/supplies, and other required items.
Given the cost data above and assuming the U.S. has 265,000 signals, the annual costs associated with signal timing can be calculated.
Each year 1/10 of the controllers are replaced
265,000/10 = 26,500 controllers per year
Total cost is $256 million per year
Signal retiming interval is every four years
265,000/4 = 66,250
$3,000 per signal
Total cost is roughly $200 million per year
One technician maintains 30 signals
265,000/30 = 8,822 technicians
$56,000 per technician
Total cost is roughly $500 million per year
Grand total cost for signal timing per year across the U.S. is $965 million.
Synthesized Costs of Traffic Signal Retiming
Cost range for retiming traffic signals: $2,500 to $3,100 per signal per update.
Millenia Mall Signal Retiming Project
Cost of retiming signals: $3,100 per intersection.
Regional Signal Timing Program - 2005 Cycle Program Performance
Average cost to retime signals under the MTC program: $2,400 per intersection.
Benefits of Retiming Traffic Signals: A Reference for Practitioners and Decision Makers About the Benefits of Traffic Signal Retiming
Cost range for signal retiming: $2,000 - $2,500 per intersection.
The Benefits of Retiming Traffic Signals
Costs of retiming traffic signals is roughly $2,500 per intersection.
Costs of retiming traffic signals in the Washington, DC area is about $3,500 per intersection.
Denver Regional Council of Governments Costs of Retiming Traffic Signals
Cost to retime each signal ranges from $1,800 to $2,000 which includes consultant time and DRCOG staff review time.
Published By: Prepared for the National Transportation Operations Coalition
Source Date: 2005URL: http://www.ite.org/reportcard/NTS_TechReport.pdf
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