Across the United States, the focus on smart transportation systems is increasing to help relieve traffic congestion, offer additional transportation options and, most importantly, reduce the number of accidents and improve road safety. Michael Baker is providing program management and technical oversight for the administration of a USDOT Advanced Transportation Congestion Management Technologies Deployment grant to implement connected vehicle technologies along a 35-mile section of U.S. 33 between the cities of Dublin and Marysville near Columbus, Ohio. The U.S. 33 corridor offers a unique opportunity to deploy and test smart vehicle technology in various settings, including urban, suburban and rural roadway types, such as local, arterial and collector streets and multi-lane divided highway ramps.
Michael Baker’s services include overall program management, the development of the systems engineering management plan, concept of operations and system requirements, public engagement, technical support, procurement oversight and technology assessment.
The project includes the installation of 62 dedicated short-range communication devices along U.S. 33, with another 32 installed at traffic signals within Marysville and Dublin. This equips 600 to 1,200 vehicles with connected vehicle technology and will develop a smart network to manage the data flows and system. As part of the project, a series of connected vehicle deployments will be installed.
“The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor provides an opportunity to test, develop and showcase emerging technology in a real-world environment that will lead to advances in safety and congestion management, as well as demonstrating a successful model for regional collaboration.”
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