ITS integrator Sice was recently awarded a $16.3 million contract from the Florida DOT to improve traffic monitoring along I-10 between Tallahassee and Jacksonville. According to Luis Carrera, executive vice president for Sice, the project came about as a result of congestion that hampered evacuation efforts leading up to Hurricane Irma.
I-10 slowed to a crawl as millions of Floridians were forced to evacuate in the lead up to the Category 5 storm. One report said that it took 12 hours to travel from Orlando to Tallahassee—normally a three-hour journey.
Greater visibility into traffic flow would have helped ease congestion—suggested Jason Wall, ITS director for Sice and a resident of Central Florida. Sice will be installing 180 cameras and accompanying infrastructure along 174 miles of I-10. Live video will allow the DOT to monitor traffic flow, identify bottlenecks, redirect traffic if necessary and clear accidents.
According to Carrera, the company stands to get a hefty bonus if it can complete the project byJ une when the 2018 hurricane season starts. Sice is looking to continue its momentum by going after a $61 million project from Orange County Transportation Authority to implement express tolling on I-405 and State Route 91 in California. According to Wall, the RFP was competed Monday, and he hopes to hear by the start of 2018.