RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – WNCN has already gone behind the scenes of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Transportation Management Center (TMC), but now we’ll look at how that technology is applied.
North Carolina’s traffic cameras play a role in keeping the roads clear. Part of that means keeping all of the construction projects on their timeline.
“We’re running out of land, and when we don’t have land to create more roadways, then we have to figure out how to make our roadways more efficient,” said traffic operations specialist Christopher Ricks. “Using [the Intelligent Transportation System] to help manage traffic and to help keep the roadways clear is the way of the future.”
With constant construction on many of the Triangle’s roadways, the TMC can help pave the way of the future, especially when it comes to ambitious expansion efforts like Project Fortify.
“More than 100,000 cars a day use that road, so when that jams up, then side roads jam up, so it’s very important to keep traffic flowing through Fortify as much as we can,” said the NCDOT’s Communication Manager Steve Abbott.
DOT cameras along Interstate 40 help keep roads clear during this time of near-constant construction.
Fortify has had a big impact so far on I-40 and will continue to do so for at least the next year.
“Basically we’ve gotten Fortify down to three lanes from the 293 to the 300 mile markers and it’s going to be in that pattern for the next year on the eastbound and westbound [lanes],” Ricks said. “So we’re pushing forward, getting the median taken care of; once that’s taken care of, we’ll push all traffic towards the median and start working on the outside parts.”
The work going on now is only the beginning, Abbott said.
“Well when that goes, we’re going to have a few others be impacted as well,” he said. “We’re going to have a project on Interstate 440 in a few years, we’re going to have a project on I-40 towards Johnson County coming up, so it just continues on.”
The DOT cameras play a big role in making sure traffic stays flowing and construction stays on schedule.
“You’re seeing if there’s a problem developing, all of a sudden if there’s a back log and all of a sudden it stops, then [we] set up detours and get out alerts to tell people this is going to be blocked, go this way instead,” said Abbott. “So we review and keep looking at it to keep traffic going as fast as it can under those conditions.”
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