ITS includes the use of field devices, communications infrastructure, and computer systems in an effort to improve traffic safety and mobility during congested periods, construction activities, maintenance activities, and incidents such as traffic collisions and other emergencies. ITS will assist staff in the overall monitoring of the roadway network for failures, and provide tools for allowing the changing of traffic patterns.
The Traffic Management Center (TMC) located in the Engineering Department is where traffic will be monitored for traffic incidents and other traffic congestion issues. If an incident or congestion issue is detected the situation will be evaluated and if an adjustment can be made to help move traffic away from or around that situation then the appropriate adjustment will be made.
The monitoring will be accomplished through a network of fiber optic cables that will allow information to flow from the traffic lights to the TMC and back to the traffic lights.
All signalized intersections and school zones are expected to be on line at a rate of approximately 20 intersections per year pending the availability of funding. The first phase of intersections along the Edmond Road/2nd Street corridor are now equipped with ITS technology. The second phase or group of 22 intersections is expected to be constructed in the fall of 2017, and include intersections on Broadway, Danforth, Covell, and Santa Fe.