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MDOT installing ITS on U.S. 49

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin an Intelligent Technology Systems (ITS) project to install fiber optic cables along U.S. 49 from Hardy Street in Hattiesburg south to Elks Lake Road.

ITS combines computer and communications technology with real-time traffic management and information coordination.

Webster Electric Company of Meridian was awarded the $800,000 project, which will integrate the signals into the existing ITS system on U.S. 49 north of Hardy Street to Classic Drive. Once this phase of the project is completed, all of the signals on U.S. 49 through Hattiesburg will be a part of the centralized ACTRA signal server located at the recently opened Hattiesburg Regional Traffic Management Center (TMC) at the District Six Headquarters.

The ACTRA Signal System allows both MDOT and Hattiesburg Traffic Engineers remote access to the signals. Multiple signal timings can be configured for different times of the day based on traffic conditions. The goal is to reduce the starts and stops for motorists, resulting in a “green” improvement due to decreased drive times, reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

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