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NDDOT Testing Real-Time Traffic System

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As the Interstate-94 work zone continues to shift, traffic continues to build at peak times causing delays.  A new system in trial by the North Dakota Department of Transportation could help reduce that headache on drivers.

BlueTOAD Traffic Cast, detects anonymous MAC addresses, wireless ID's from Bluetooth devices. As you drive through the work zone, four stations collect that data and calculate a speed from flowing traffic as you pass by each station.

That data is then displayed on a real time traffic map indicating how traffic in the work zone is moving. That data allows drivers to see traffic congestion before they hit the road.

The map displays three colors:

  • Red – traffic speeds have dropped below 20 mph
  • Yellow – traffic speeds are starting to slow down – "alert"
  • Green – traffic speeds are at the posted work zone speed
  • Blue – traffic speeds are higher than posted speed limits –"alert"

The BlueTOAD system can also be parried with message boards and display travel times to drivers entering a certain area. If BlueTOAD is purchased by the DOT, they could use it in a permanent area or move it to different locations for other construction projects or large events.

The trail ends July 29th.

Click on the links to the right of this story to check speeds in the I-94 work zone before you head out.

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