Indiana DOT to Expand Tech Use Along Interstate Routes

A network of closed circuit cameras, along with speed and volume sensors, at interchanges will allow the Department of Transportation to monitor the interstate for crashes, incidents and other travel-related concerns.

by The News-Sentinel / October 4, 2019
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(TNS) — The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has announced a tentative timeline for expanded information technology systems (ITS) to be installed along I-469 and I-69 in Allen County. Work is tentatively expected to begin on or after Monday, Oct. 7, weather permitting.

Covering more than 60 miles in Allen County, the upgrades include:

• Closed circuit cameras at interchanges

• Speed and volume sensors at interchanges

• Dynamic message boards at specific overhead locations

• IP communication to most traffic signals across the state

Closed circuit cameras, along with speed and volume sensors, at interchanges allow INDOT to monitor the interstate for crashes, incidents and other concerns. Dynamic message boards give INDOT the ability to safely convey messages to travelers while they are driving.

Drivers are cautioned to watch for shoulder and lane closures, as well as reduced speed limits, in areas where contractors are working. INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through any active work zone.

ITS will be deployed in and around the Allen County area first, with additional ITS installations planned over the next five years along I-69 from the Michigan State Line to mile marker 256/S.R. 26 in Grant County (the District’s southern limit). By 2024, all of I-69 and I-469 in the Fort Wayne District will be monitored via ITS.

Work on the projects is scheduled to be completed in fall of 2020, weather permitting. The contract was awarded to INDOT contractor Michiana Contracting for $6.42 million. View this project in INDOT’s online travel system at INDOT.carsprogram.org.

©2019 The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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