Pinellas programs $11 million know-how up grade to roadways

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Leaders in Pinellas County a short while ago voted to move forward on an $11 million project to insert reducing-edge technological know-how to two significant roadways in Pinellas County.

Quickly, as you’re driving alongside US-19 or Condition Road 60, sensors together the roadway will be able to connect data to your smartphone applying Bluetooth.

An app you can expect to be able to down load to your cell phone will be equipped to warn you to crash details in true-time, as perfectly as explain to you how several more seconds right up until the traffic light-weight you’re ready at turns green.

Tom Washburn in Pinellas County’s Transportation Department claims it could considerably maximize security on our significantly congested roadways as nicely.

“If a pedestrian techniques off a suppress they’ll get an alert in their car and furthermore if a pedestrian begins to cross and there’s a auto approaching, and it does not look it’s slowing down it’ll give a message to the pedestrian,” Washburn described.

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To make the engineering function, engineers will have to set up about 100 sensors alongside area roadways. It’s a process they prepare to start out in early 2022.

Pinellas County is obtaining a $4.6 million federal US Office of Transportation grant for the undertaking, and county leaders will pitch in another $6.3 million to get it up and working.

It is an investment decision they hope will make drivers’ commutes a great deal smoother.

The State-of-the-art Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grants are currently being specified out nationwide to enable counties and cities generate a lot more connected roadways applying up-to-date technological innovation.