(February 7, 2013)--TxDOT is employing new technology to alert nighttime drivers of slowed or stopped traffic ahead on I-35.
In an effort to reduce rear-end collisions in work zones, particularly when it is dark outside, an end-of-que warning system will be displayed in real-time near the area of congestion.
The mobile, temporary signs can display the driver’s speed or a short message such as “Slow Taffic- 3 miles” and will be set up in addition to the warning devices that are already in place.
According to I-35 Information Specialist Jodi Wheatley, the devices will not be installed until the paperwork is approved and the plans are complete.
Wheatley said TxDOT is also working on the approval of a temporary rumble strip, similar to the vertical strips that alert drivers when they are veering out of their lane.
“The main difference is that the strips will be placed horizontally in the lane as an attention-getter device, intended to slow drivers down,” Wheatley said.
The end-of-que alert system was recommended by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.