Traffic monitoring has gone high-tech and high-visibility in Garden Grove City Hall with the completion of a new, large multi-screen, Traffic Management Center. The Center will be officially dedicated next Tuesday, March 13, 2012. A public open house will take place during regular City Hall hours, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by a private reception at 5:30 p.m. The new, $3.5 million Center, visible to the public through a wide glass opening, is located in the Engineering section of the first-floor City Hall lobby, at 11222 Acacia Parkway.

The current Traffic Management Center replaces a former 12-camera, analog, traffic monitoring system that brought distinction and modern innovation to Garden Grove in the early 2000’s. The new, fiber-optic-based system controls 37 closed-circuit cameras located at major street intersections and points of interest in the city. It employs cutting-edge software to monitor interconnected traffic signals in real time.

The Center is the second of a two-phase, $6 million grant-funded project. Phase I of the project was the construction of two Amber Alert signs in the city. No City General Fund money was used for the project.

The Center will be dedicated and named after the City’s former traffic engineer, George L. Allen. Allen was considered the driving force behind the creation of the original Traffic Management Center. In addition to his participation in the original project, he was the catalyst for obtaining the grant monies needed to finance its construction. Allen passed away in September 2007 from Pulmonary Fibrosis.

For more information, contact the City’s Traffic Engineering Division at (714) 741-5185.

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