An Ohio Department of Transportation system that uses cameras, traffic sensors, a website and message boards to alert drivers to trouble ahead is on schedule to be finished by the end of October.
Seven of 18 signs are operating and most of the construction for the rest of them is done, said Justin Chesnic, an ODOT spokesman.
Now technicians must link them to the network so their data can be displayed on the ODOT website at http://www.buckeyetraffic.org.
The finished system will have 64 traffic cameras, 18 “dynamic message signs” and more than 700 speed sensors in Summit and Stark counties.
Drivers can consult a map on the website and see whether their trip will be at normal speeds or delayed. Green means clear sailing. Yellow indicates speeds from 26 to 54 mph. Red means slower traffic. Gray indicates no data.
Drivers also will be able to click on camera icons on the map and see pictures of the road ahead. The pictures are updated every three seconds.
Making the system work on smart phones is being considered but is not part of the current project.
Highways served will include Interstates 77, 76, 71, 90, 480, 271 and 277, state Routes 2, 8 and 21 and U.S. Route 224. The Ohio Turnpike is not included because it is operated by the Turnpike Commission, which is separate from ODOT.
The signs indicate the miles to an upcoming major intersection and the time that trip will take.
The information will be monitored by a traffic management center in Columbus, where technicians might be able to improve safety.
Information also will be available on Twitter by following @ODOT_Akron.
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