The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in the US has received a federal grant to advance the use of technology in reducing congestion on the 60-mile long Loop 101 freeway in the Phoenix area.
ADOT collaborated with the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, as well as multiple Valley cities and Valley Metro to apply for the Federal Highway Administration grant.
The $6m grant was allocated under the federal agency’s Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment programme.
As part of the project, ADOT along with the partner agencies will develop a Decision Support System that will provide real-time information, as well as the best detour routes to the Loop 101 drivers.
It will also inform the drivers about the latest incidents on the freeway, including accidents, crashes and traffic congestion due to disabled vehicles.
"Improving safety and incident response are also keys to managing congestion and are at the heart of this partnership."
ADOT director John Halikowski said: “While ADOT and Maricopa County have already been national leaders in using freeway management technology, this project will allow us to take the next step to inform drivers about traffic conditions and alternate routes.
“Improving safety and incident response are also keys to managing congestion and are at the heart of this partnership.”
The funding will also be used to implement other technologies on the route, including the deployment of enhanced traffic signal timing.
The development of a new mobile application is also expected to facilitate data exchange between the regional transportation network and the commuters.
Transit vehicles also will be equipped with connected vehicle technology that will enable better accessibility to the destinations.
ADOT and its partners have also identified an additional $27m in existing project funding that will allow them to design and install the Loop 101 Mobility Project within the next four years.