Virginia Department of Transportation Awards TransCore $34 Million Contract
to Design and Build I-66 Active Traffic Management System
RICHMOND, Va. -- February 14, 2013
After a competitive procurement, the Virginia Department of Transportation
selected TransCore, a unit of Roper Industries (NYSE: ROP), to design and
build its I-66 Active Traffic Management system on Northern Virginia’s main
highway into the District of Columbia. The $34 million contract is 90 percent
federally funded and will support 34 miles of highway from the District of
Columbia to Gainesville US-29 in Prince William County. The project is
scheduled to be operational by the fall of 2014.
The I-66 corridor is one of the most congested interstates in Virginia and
throughout the country. Because of limited right-of-way and construction
funding, employing active traffic management technology can optimize mobility
along the corridor by more effectively managing the congested conditions and
increase safety, and reduce fuel consumption.
“TransCore remains at the forefront of providing the most innovative
intelligent transportation systems to improve trip reliability and maximize
roadway capacity across our nation’s infrastructure,” commented Tim Fischer,
TransCore’s senior vice president. “We’re pleased to support VDOT as it
undertakes such a signature ITS project in the country."
The active traffic management system will continuously monitor traffic and
roadway conditions around the clock, collecting data using roadway monitoring
equipment such as vehicle detection sensors and closed-circuit television
cameras. The system will use such techniques as lane control signal systems,
adaptive ramp metering, enhanced detection and camera systems, lane management
systems, and queue warning systems. Active traffic management systems have
been used throughout Europe for the last decade, but this is a relatively new
concept in the United States.
Benefits of the I-66 ATM system for motorists include:
*Dynamic message and lane control signing advising motorists on incidents
and delays by providing direction on lanes that are usable, and guidance
on merging traffic;
*Expanded use of shoulder lanes regardless of time of day in response to
incidents and to manage traffic;
*Improved monitoring of the roadway to provide quicker response by
transportation, safety and law enforcement personnel.
TransCore, serving as prime contractor, will provide turnkey ITS design,
construction, integration and testing services for the program. Once complete,
operation of the system will be managed by the Virginia DOT Public Safety
Transportation Operations Center.
TransCore has a 75-year heritage supporting the transportation industry dating
back to the development of RFID transportation applications at Los Alamos
National Labs to implementation of the nation's first electronic toll
collection system. The breadth of the company’s expertise includes traffic
management systems, intelligent transportation systems, toll systems,
integration, design consulting, operations, and maintenance. TransCore has
installations in 46 countries and a vast portfolio of intellectual property.
In 2012, Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked TransCore No. 140 out of the Top
500 Design Firms. Also in 2013, TransCore received the International Road
Federation’s Global Achievement Award as well as ITS New York’s Most
Outstanding ITS Project of the Year award for New York City’s Midtown in
Motion. For more information, visit www.transcore.com.
About Roper Industries
Roper Industries is a diversified growth company and is a constituent of the
S&P 500, Fortune 1000, and the Russell 1000 indices. Roper provides engineered
products and solutions for global niche markets, including water, energy,
transportation, medical, education, and SaaS-based information networks.
Additional information about Roper is available on the company's website at
Barbara Catlin, 972-740-7150
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