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New technology looks to make roads safer during emergency

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New technology for Wausau authorities could make the roads safer during emergency situations.

Traffic sensors, called "Opticoms", will ensure emergency vehicles get a green light on their way to the hospital. Crews will put sensors in ambulances and fire trucks, and then a matching sensor on traffic lights. This will allow them to control the light pattern making it faster and safer for crews to respond to an emergency.

"It will also help the flow of traffic so cars don't get one green light, then a red light, then another red," Department of Public Works and Utilities Director Brad Marquardt said. "It will decongest those major intersections."

The sensors will be installed on Bridge Street traffic lights, as well as Stewart Avenue and Scott street. City leaders say they hope to have everything up and running by fall.

The project costs roughly $160,000. City leaders say that money comes from this years budget. They hope to get approval for the other major city streets later this year.

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