By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A project to improve traffic flow in parts of center city Philadelphia was getting underway today, and was expected to be completed in about two years.

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The Traffic Signal Improvement Project will be conducted in the northeast quadrant of center city, which runs from Callowhill Street south to Market, and from Broad Street east to Second.

“The goal of the project is to actively manage the traffic signals during the AM and PM peaks, or when the city is most congested, and during special events,” notes Richard Montanez, the city’s chief traffic and street lighting engineer.

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The project will replace signals at 16 interections, install cameras to monitor traffic flow, and install curb ramps for compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The price tag of $10.6 million is being funded using 80 percent federal grants and 20 percent city capital funds.

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