ODOT: Cuyahoga County highway message boards begin operating

4:01 PM, Nov 22, 2010   |    comments
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The nine boards were supposed to be operating by late September but a mistake by an ODOT engineer delayed the process.

The Intelligent Transportation System or "ITS" is designed to provide drivers with up-to-the-minute traffic information both before they leave home or work and on the roadway.

During the past several months, crews on behalf of the Department have been busy installing a series of traffic cameras, Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) and Highway Advisory Radios (HAR) around greater Cleveland.

Motorists will now see nine new DMS along Interstates and State Routes around greater Cleveland including: Interstate 90, Interstate 71, Interstate 77, Interstate 480, and State Route 2.

When complete, the entire Greater Cleveland region ITS system will include approximately 83 traffic cameras, 29 dynamic message boards, 26 vehicle detectors and seven highway advisory radios throughout Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage and Lake Counties.

Motorists in the Akron/Canton region will also benefit from this new technology. The new ITS system will include approximately 64 traffic cameras, 18 dynamic message boards, 18 vehicles detectors and two highway advisory radios throughout Medina, Summit, Portage and Stark Counties.

The $18.2 million ITS system is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the entire project is scheduled to be complete in September 2011.

The engineering snafu added about $15,000 to the $18.2 million project.

The Ohio Department of Transportation debuted the project, thankfully before the snow flies in earnest.

The information will also be available on ODOT radio stations on BuckeyeTraffic.org.

WKYC-TV

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