Central Texas: Technology Helps Drivers Cope With I-35 Traffic

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email

CENTRAL TEXAS (October 11, 2012)---The Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute have developed some time saving digital signs that have been installed along a 96-mile stretch of Interstate 35 from Hillsboro to Salado.

The signs show drive times to certain locations.

The signs monitor Bluetooth systems on drivers’ mobile or GPS devices anonymously, locate a vehicle at two different points along the highway, and then estimate the travel time between the two 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.

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

Queue 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 and for information on I-35 visit my35.org.

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