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The City of Lee’s Summit received the 2010 KCITE Excellence in Transportation Award for “green” achievements with the installation of InSync adaptive traffic signal controls and signal synchronization along Chipman Road.  The award was presented by the Kansas City Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (KCITE) on July 14.

The annual award is given to a transportation project that shows measurable and significant results achieved through innovation.

The City of Lee’s Summit worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to install the InSync adaptive traffic control system and communication network for multiple corridors and 15 intersections that crossed both jurisdictions, including Chipman Road, Blue Parkway and Pryor Road. 

The system, invented and manufactured by Lenexa, KS-based Rhythm Engineering, uses video detection and built-in artificial intelligence to adapt traffic demand in real-time.  The InSync system synchronizes traffic signals along the corridor so motorists experience fewer stops.  The results of the system have reduced travel time for motorists by 28-55% throughout the arterial corridor.

This project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG).  This innovative project was also recognized as an exemplary EECBG project in traffic signal synchronization by the Department of Energy.