WSP –Parsons Brinkerhoff to design ITS infrastructure for Michigan’s University Region


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a contract to WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (WSP-PB) to design the next phase of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) deployment for the state’s University Region.

The project will plan, design and construct new CCTV cameras, dynamic message signs (DMS) and vehicle detection systems across the University Region to improve incident response and information dissemination to motorists on the state’s freeway system. As the prime consultant on the project, WSP-PB will provide ITS design services to expand infrastructure at locations where traffic operations capabilities are limited. The firm will assist MDOT’s regional staff to prioritize locations for the deployment, and prepare conceptual designs, final plans, specifications and estimates.

WSP-PB will be responsible for all facets of design, including ITS systems engineering, communications design, maintenance of traffic, utility coordination, geotechnical design, structural engineering, and power design. Upon completion of design, the firm will support MDOT with oversight during the procurement, installation, and integration of the proposed ITS equipment. The design work for the ITS project is scheduled to be completed in late 2017. MDOT’s University Region covers the south-eastern part of the state, and includes: Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw counties.

As a multi-disciplinary infrastructure and engineering consultancy, WSP-PB is a leader in ITS planning, design, implementation and ongoing program support, and has significant roles in engineering, deploying and maintaining ITS systems throughout the country.

The company’s service offering includes: telecommunications expertise; data management, warehousing and integration; policy impact analysis and support; asset & configuration management; and dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) roadside infrastructure.

On May 10, WSP – Parsons Brinckerhoff will rebrand as WSP globally, with the new branding covering the company’s more than 500 offices, spread across 40 countries worldwide.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).