Those thick orange roots sprouting along Arlington roadways are not the result of an unusually warm December.
The cable project will cover 26 miles, running across the County along portions of major roadways like Glebe Road and Four Mile Run plus smaller side streets. Residents are notified at least a week in advance of the construction in their neighborhood.
In engineering jargon, the project is called “Intelligent Transportation Systems Phase III.”
Thanks to the new fiber-optic cable, Arlington will gain enhanced monitoring capabilities as management receives improved communication from the traffic signals. As a result, it will be easier to identify traffic problems in real-time and adjust signal timing to help ease congestion.
The cable will also provide vast capacity if there’s future need for expansion.
So don’t worry about the odd orange tubes shooting up by the side of the road. They’re about to make getting around a bit easier.