Valdosta traffic lights set for upgrade

Valdosta traffic light changes
Updated: Aug. 28, 2018 at 9:10 PM EDT
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Traffic lights in Valdosta are set for an upgrade. (Source: WALB)
Traffic lights in Valdosta are set for an upgrade. (Source: WALB)

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta transportation workers are making changes to the stop light software across the city.

The City of Valdosta is currently changing all 128 stop lights to react differently to software malfunctions.

A malfunction could happen after a power outage or an accident. Currently, when the traffic lights malfunction, the side street lights flash red for stop and those on main streets flash yellow for yield.

But that will soon change.

"If there is a malfunction with the signal at any of those 128 lights, those lights will flash all red. That will increase the safety here in the city because the last thing we want is for a citizen to go through an intersection and have an accident, said Larry Ogden, traffic manager.

Once all the lights have been changed, intersections will operate as a four-way stop when they malfunction.

The city expects the change in software to take no longer than six weeks.

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