Automated Driver Alert System to Solve Traffic Issues

The PennDOT officials have declared that the last stage of inspection of a semi-automated warning system is in progress, which will help the drivers to inform about the traffic issues on Interstate 80.

As part of this process, a total of four overhead speed sensing devices and four active message boards have been installed alongside the I-80 corridor between DuBois and Clearfield, which is notorious for crashes during winter

Marla Fannin, PennDOT District 2 Spokesperson stated that the 2,250 feet Penfield exit is the peak point at the Interstate 80 east of Mississippi and that by starting out in Clearfield with a different type of road condition, the weather conditions fluctuate substantially reaching Penfield at the 111 interchange.

The Roadway Transportation Management System is functional across the entire accidental prone areas and by installing overhead sensors, continual detection of the traffic speed can be achieved and this will produce automated messages on the dynamic boards across I-80 for warning drivers about traffic jams, construction related issues and extreme weather conditions, she added.

The district has the capability to override the system and can modify the messages, to gain specific messages alerting the drivers in winter weather conditions, commented Fannin. After the successful completion of the final evaluation, the warning system will be completely put in to action by mid-January, 2011.


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