"Highway of Tomorrow Technology"
Highway 174 gets aid from innovative technology
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
via other social media methods
"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.