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Hattiesburg, MDOT team on traffic management

Right: Traffic signal control improvements in the city of Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the city of Hattiesburg are joining forces to implement ITS solutions and combat congestion in an US$8 million project fully funded by MDOT.

MDOT will install cameras as part of an ITS upgrade, which combines computer and communications technology with real-time traffic management and information coordination.

Through the use of closed-circuit television cameras and fiber-optic communications, the city’s traffic signals will become centrally controlled, to alleviate traffic congestion. “Right now you have to individually go to each signal and change the program,” says Dave Steele, district area engineer for MDOT.

Traffic management will be centralized in Hattiesburg’s Traffic Operations Center on US 49 South in Hattiesburg and MDOT’s Regional Traffic Management Center in Jackson.
 
“All of our signals are not going to be on a time-based system anymore,” says Bennie Sellers, director of public services. “They’ll be connected and have cameras.”

“The cameras will be there strictly for detection,” says Dave Steele, district area engineer for MDOT. “These cameras do not record. They’re only there to detect motion at a signal.” The centralized system will also serve as a tool for better traffic management during hurricane evacuations.

January 31, 2008

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