Overhead deliveries, technology investment and changes to improve traffic flow marking procedures by Goiânia City Hall in the first half of 2022

The first half of 2022, under the direction of Mayor Rogerio Cruz, was marked by changes to promote greater fluidity in traffic in Goiania. In May, the city government will deliver three major bridges: the Luiz José Costa Road complex (commonly known as the Jamal Cecilio Road complex, delivered on the 13th), the Lauro Belchior Bridge and the Perimetral Bridge. In addition, the Municipal Mobility Service (SMM) is making changes in the direction of roads, testing smart traffic lights and implementing bike paths in strategic areas to reduce the time residents spend in traffic.

Mayor Rogerio Cruz has handed over the Luiz Jose Costa Road complex, known as the Jamal Cecilio Road complex, to the residents. The work cost R$32.5 million, and it is estimated that more than 200,000 vehicles travel through it daily. The project is divided into three levels: the bridge at Avenida Deputado Jamel Cecílio, which was launched for vehicular traffic in December 2020, the roundabout on the Alameda Leopoldo de Bulhões level, and the moat at Marginal Botafogo.

The Lauro Belchior Viaduct, another work that has a significant positive impact on the traffic in the capital, connects the neighborhoods of Leste Universitário and Novo Mundo. Expectations indicate that it will receive about 2,500 vehicles per day, and will ease traffic in the area, as well as facilitate the connection of more than 30 neighborhoods in the eastern region to the Goiânia Center. These are the sectors that have no road entrances, only Avenida Anhanguera.

The Perimetral Bridge completes the existing, at the intersection with Avenida Goiás. The structure is part of the BRT Norte-Sul works, and consists of 27 beams of 33 meters in length and nine beams of 22 meters in length. There are four lanes for traffic, two in each direction. Public transportation will have its own lane in each direction.

America’s Garden
Jardim America, one of the most populous neighborhoods in the capital, is one of the neighborhoods that has seen changes in traffic. Two traffic lanes have been converted into one-way traffic to connect Alpes and C-171. The city also installed traffic lights at seven intersections along this road, and allowed parking on only one side of the roads. Thus, the two tracks that were previously narrow became more spacious and streamlined.

Cyclists have also benefited from the changes in traffic in Jardim America. A city council survey showed that the neighborhood had been leading the way in bike accidents in Goiania for 3 years. Two new bike lanes connect the Alpes and T-63 lanes, one at each end. The first passes through the streets of Sweden, England and Santa Iphigenia. The second, along the lane that houses C-120, C-121, C-209, and C-149 streets. It should be noted that there were already bike lanes on the streets of Alpes and T-63.

Agrovia Castelo Branco
One of the largest rehabilitation projects in the history of Goiânia, Agrovia Castelo Branco has also seen changes in traffic. The Municipal Mobility Department conducted a study using buses that travel in the area as a reference. From the collected data, a project was designed that would allow to increase the traffic flow by 40%.

Part of the project includes reducing left turns on the extension known as the Moterão – Castelo Branco axis. There are currently 16 locations where left turns are allowed. This number is expected to drop in the coming months to just four.

The town hall is also rebuilding the central bed of the avenue, removing trees that are out of place (roots grow on the sides, raising the asphalt and creating hazards) for the local trees. In addition, a study is being conducted to improve pedestrian mobility on the road.

Civic Square
Goiânia City Council implemented changes that made traffic in the center of the capital more fluid. To mitigate the Praça Cívica loops, a new one was formed by the changes in the flow of streets 94, 14, 1 and 12. Walkways were cleaned and parking areas reorganized. The intervention absorbed about 70% of the traffic, which was passing through the rings of Praça Cívica.

smart traffic lights
Technology is an important ally to improve the flow of traffic in the capital. The municipality’s mobility department is testing smart traffic lights with cameras in Goiania. Two evaluation points were selected, the intersection of Cerrado and Olinda roads in the Park Lozandes sector, and the meeting of Avenida Castelo Branco with Jaraguá in the road sector.

Cameras installed in traffic lights contain a sensor that is able to determine the number of vehicles traveling at that point per minute. Depending on the flow, the traffic light is able to open or close, which allows more fluidity in city traffic. The equipment is not punitive in nature.

educational campaigns
Traffic education measures are part of the municipality’s official calendar. The Yellow May campaign, for example, aims to draw attention to figures related to traffic violence. In 2022, the theme was “I Respect the Passage, Together We Save Lives”, and dialogues with pedestrians for safe crossing, especially on non-traffic roads.

The city council made available, free of charge, videos and advertising materials to be shared among the Goianienses. In addition to work on social networks, educational actions are carried out in municipal schools, educational and advanced adventures during the campaign, with the aim of promoting behavior change in traffic.

bike lanes
Goiânia City Council, which monitors raw data from the ongoing origin and destination research through an online system on the city’s website and app, has started a project to expand the cycling network in the capital. 80.9 kilometers of existing bike paths have been inspected, and the city government expects to triple that number. To date, another 4.7 kilometers of new bike lanes have been implemented.

Clear signage is essential to ensure smooth traffic. Goiania City Hall painted 20,893 square meters of horizontal signage, benefiting 124 neighborhoods in the capital. 1013 units of reflective buttons and 598 banners were also installed.

Department of Municipal Communications (Secom) – Goiania City Council

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