$24 Million Fiber-Optic ITS System for Northwest Florida

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The Florida Department of Transportation is about to begin work on a $24 million Intelligent Transportation System network here in the panhandle.

The system will run along a 158-mile section of Interstate-10 from State Road 87 in Santa Rosa County to U.S. 90 in Gadsden County... and 56 miles of Highway-231 from the Alabama state line south to Bay County.

On October 14th workers will begin laying fiber optic lines at the I-10/U.S. 231 interchange and proceed east and west along I-10 and north and south on U.S. 231.

The system will be similar to the one Bay County installed several years ago.

Once it's completed, the system will include 183 traffic cameras, 17 overhead message signs, 135 microwave vehicle detectors, 40 travel time sensors, three road and weather information sensors and eight highway advisory radios.

It will allow emergency personnel to better detect the locations of highway incidents, their severity, and getting first responders to the scene.

The overhead message signs and highway advisory radios will alert drivers approaching an incident, allowing them time to detour.

The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2015.

The system will run along a 158-mile section of Interstate-10 from State Road 87 in Santa Rosa County to U.S. 90 in Gadsden County... and 56 miles of Highway-231 from the Alabama state line south to Bay County.

On October 14th workers will begin laying fiber optic lines at the I-10/U.S. 231 interchange and proceed east and west along I-10 and north and south on U.S. 231.

The system will be similar to the one Bay County installed several years ago.

Once it's completed, the system will include 183 traffic cameras, 17 overhead message signs, 135 microwave vehicle detectors, 40 travel time sensors, three road and weather information sensors and eight highway advisory radios.

It will allow emergency personnel to better detect the locations of highway incidents, their severity, and getting first responders to the scene.

The overhead message signs and highway advisory radios will alert drivers approaching an incident, allowing them time to detour.

The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2015.


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