MDOT utilizing ‘Sensible Work Zone’ expertise for I-59 paving challenge

PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) – The Mississippi Division of Transportation is working a little bit “smarter” relating to visitors security and stream.

MDOT now could be utilizing a brand new “Sensible Work Zone” system on the Interstate 59 pavement restoration challenge in Forrest County.

The SWZ system collects real-time visitors info from work zones and shows it on message boards.

“The messages would possibly learn, ‘Cease visitors in 10 miles,’ estimating the gap from congestion or ‘put together to cease,’” MDOT spokesperson Anna Ehrgott stated. “It might probably additionally say issues like, ‘49, 2 miles, 10 minutes away.’”

The I-59 paving challenge spans 14 miles from the Lamar County line to simply south of Moselle in Jones County.

Ehrgott stated the system will assist forestall congestion in areas just like the I-59/U.S. 49 interchange.

“That might be in regards to the highest visitors portion of that challenge, so main as much as that, we needed to go forward and implement the Sensible Work Zone expertise as a security measure to maintain folks secure as soon as crews attain that space,” stated Ehrgott.

North Forrest Volunteer Hearth Division Chief Brandon Odom stated his division has labored 30 automotive accidents on I-59 for the reason that paving challenge began.

Ehrgott stated the system may assist cut back accidents by 45%.

“Any time we are able to cut back accidents, particularly fatalities, saving lives, that’s positively one thing we wish to do,” Ehrgott stated.

The paving challenge is predicted to go on till at the very least late 2024. MDOT hopes the brand new system will get of us to concentrate and defend themselves and others.

“They know what to anticipate by way of delays,” Ehrgott stated. “The quantity of visitors they will anticipate.

“(Messages) can both immediate them to be affected person and wait it out, or, take an alternate route.”

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