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April 28, 2016 09:24 AM
MoDOT Wins Project of the Year Award for Using Urban Traffic Solutions to Manage Rural Queues

LEE’S SUMMIT – At the 2016 ITS Heartland Annual Meeting this week, there was a luncheon to recognize the winner of Best of ITS Heartland Project Award. This year, that prestigious honor went to the Missouri Department of Transportation and a collaboration to use intelligent transportation systems on rural roadways.

On any given commute within the Kansas City or St. Louis metro areas, you will see the ubiquitous dynamic message sign boards warning of incidents and offering accurate drive-time information. The system has become a mainstay for urban drivers as they travel along the roadways every day of the week. 

For major construction projects, MoDOT also has deployed several self-contained smart work zones that include portable changeable message signs warning of stopped traffic ahead when congestion builds in front of the work zone. These smart work zone systems have become a major tool helping to reduce crashes in back of work zone queues. 

MoDOT’s new Rural Queue and Delay Warning System builds upon these two proven tools, to automatically format rural DMS boards with crucial information for motorists.  

The system leverages real-time HERE probe segment speeds that are reported every minute of the day across the entire length of Interstate 70 in Missouri. As speed decreases, the system automatically formats and posts a single phase DMS board message on the two boards preceding that incident or work zone. This automated message tells motorists if they should expect slowed or stopped traffic, where they should expect to encounter it, and how long of a delay should they expect because of it.  

Once the KC Scout or Gateway Guide traffic management center operator confirms the details of the incident, they can execute the response plan and post the second phase of the message board which provides even more valuable information to the motorist.  

The Rural Queue and Delay warning System has been operational since January 2016, and to date, traveler feedback on the system has been positive.


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