10.11.2012 New Traffic Tools Used for I35

(October 11, 2012) - CENTRAL TEXAS (October 11, 2012)--- TxDOT and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) worked together to develop time-saving tools that have been installed along a 96-mile stretch of I-35 from Hillsboro to Salado.

Digital signs now show drivers the drive time it will take them to get to certain locations.

The technology for the signs monitors Bluetooth technology on drivers' devices like cell phones or GPS systems in vehicles and anonymously locates a car at two different points and gives an estimate of travel time between the locations.

"This will be able to give travelers real-time information about how long it takes to drive and potentially warn of any delay they might experience due to construction, incidents, or high demand on the road," Christopher Poe, of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, said.

17 sensors were also placed along the highway near high traffic locations to capture traffic volume.

End-of-que warning signs were also mounted on orange barrels around work zones where speeds of cars are measured to show traffic congestion patterns.

Online tools were also developed to help drivers steer clear of traffic on Texas highways.

For statewide information visit drivetexas.org and for information on I-35 visit my35.org.

For more information on the project using your own cell phone to help monitor traffic, click on one of the links below.

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