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Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to go ‘Live’ January 19, 2010

 

 

The Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and SWIFT SunGuide Center are scheduled to go ‘live’ at 6 a.m. on January 19, 2010.

The Florida Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation System is bringing real-time information about interstate traffic conditions to travelers using I-75 through Collier and Lee Counties.  ITS will help the public make efficient, timesaving transportation decisions.  Dynamic message signs along I-75 now display “heads up” information about travel times, congestion, lane closures, incidents, even foggy or smoky conditions on the highway.

 The South West Interagency Facility for Transportation (SWIFT) SunGuide Center is the hub of real-time traffic operations for I-75 in Southwest Florida.  The two story building houses the department’s operations staff (including 511), the team handling regional traffic and incident management, and the department’s regional Office of Motor Carrier Compliance.  Later this year, Florida Highway Patrol Troop F and FHP dispatch also will occupy the building.  This new 49,800 square foot facility is designated the Joseph P. Bertrand Building, named for the FHP trooper who died in the line of duty in 1967 in Fort Myers.
 
ITS operation:

  • I-75 through Collier and Lee Counties
  • 24/7/365
  • 26 dynamic message signs (Amber and Silver Alerts if law enforcement requests assistance)
  • 79 closed-circuit TV cameras to monitor traffic condition
  • 111 vehicle sensors
  • 2  roadway weather information systems
  • Enhanced safety cable barrier system along Alligator Alley in Collier County
  • SunGuide®centralized computer system and video wall in the SWIFT SunGuide Center’s control room

Dispatching emergency resources to an incident on I-75, for example, brings the full system into play.  Staff can focus cameras on the incident to determine better who and how many first responders are needed.  FHP can direct its response based on firsthand information about the scene.  Motor Carrier Compliance officers can respond to incidents involving trucks.  Staff can send Road Rangers in the vicinity to assist with traffic control.  Roadside sensors will communicate whether traffic is slowing, for example, and camera images can confirm how traffic is reacting.  Operations staff immediately can program messages on signs preparing drivers to slow or stop for conditions ahead and also recommending alternate routes.  With ITS in place, highway lanes open to traffic more quickly and secondary incidents that often create extended delays in traffic are reduced.
 
ITS future:

  • ITS operational on I-75 through Charlotte County in late spring 2011
  • Projects planned for I-75 through Sarasota and Manatee Counties in 2012

ITS communicates real-time interstate traffic information, allowing opportunities for choices about routes and times people travel.  Real-time traffic information also makes drivers better prepared to react quickly and responsibly to situations on the highway.  ITS enhances safety and reduces congestion.

For more information, contact Debbie Tower, Public Information Director,
Florida Department of Transportation, at (239) 461-4300 or via e-mail at
Debbie.Tower@dot.state.fl.us.

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