"High­way of To­mor­row Tech­nol­ogy"

High­way 174 gets aid from in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts cather­ine.kitts@tc.tc Twit­ter @catkitts

High­way 174 will be re­ceiv­ing in­tel­li­gent trans­porta­tion sys­tem com­po­nents to keep traf­fic and tran­sit mov­ing along its cor­ri­dor dur­ing the up­com­ing light rail con­struc­tion, the High­way 417 widen­ing and fix­ing of the split and other ma­jor con­struc­tion projects on City roads.

"This is great news for Or­léans and Cum­ber­land res­i­dents," said Cum­ber­land Ward Coun­cil­lor Stephen Blais. "This new tech­nol­ogy will al­low us to mon­i­tor traf­fic con­di­tions and pro­vide res­i­dents timely in­for­ma­tion on con­ges­tion and po­ten­tial al­ter­na­tive routes."

Cur­rently there is very lit­tle in­fra­struc­ture in place to de­tect an in­ci­dent or con­ges­tion on High­way 174 and for the most part traf­fic man­age­ment and emer­gency ser­vices rely on in­for­ma­tion from road users.

The new tech­nolo­gies planned in­clude:

Cam­eras to pro­vide real time mon­i­tor­ing and in­ci­dent de­tec­tion (cur­rently the cam­era feeds are avail­able for viewing by the public at http:// traf­fic.ot­tawa.ca/) Road­side De­tec­tion Sys­tem to cap­ture traf­fic vol­umes, speed, oc­cu­pancy which will al­low for the de­tec­tion of in­ci­dents and con­ges­tion in a much more ef­fi­cient man­ner Mes­sage Signs on the ap­proaches to off ramps to al­low the dis­play of mes­sages on road con­di­tions ahead such as road clo­sures, lane block­ages, or con­struc­tion in­for­ma­tion

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"Through the in­vest­ment in tech­nol­ogy we will be able to pro­vide bet­ter ser­vice to tax­pay­ers," said Blais. "By mak­ing HWY 174 a pri­or­ity we will help re­duce com­mute times and im­prove the qual­ity of life for Or­léans and Cum­ber­land res­i­dents."

These mea­sures will al­low public works staff to de­tect and con­firm in­ci­dents or con­ges­tion in a very short time frame and then take ac­tion, through the push of in­for­ma­tion through vari­able mes­sage signs, the in­ter­ac­tive traf­fic web­site, so­cial me­dia to mo­torists trav­el­ling or about to travel on this cor­ri­dor of the im­pacts of the in­ci­dents.

This will then al­low res­i­dents to make an in­formed decision on how or when they may want to travel and the route they may want to choose to get to their des­ti­na­tion.

These mea­sures will also al­low city staff to ad­just sig­nal tim­ings along ad­ja­cent cor­ri­dors in a time­lier man­ner.

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