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FDOT completes DMS replacement project

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has completed its Dynamic Message Sign (DMS) replacement project, which is part of its District Four Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Program. The US$3 million DMS project has seen the replacement of 18 sign boards in total, including 16 on I-95, and one each on I-595 and I-75. The new and improved signs are connected directly to FDOT’s SMART SunGuide Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC) in Fort Lauderdale.

The previous signs, which were installed over nine years ago, were approaching the end of their useful life and replacement components were no longer available. The new DMS units include numerous communication network enhancements to improve the sign’s dependability, such as greater color capabilities, which will make the signs brighter and more visible to drivers. Improvements also include enhancing the letters in larger and clearer fonts to make the messages more readable at highway speeds.

The new DMS system will help FDOT provide real-time information about traffic delays, incidents, emergency operations, and construction, allowing drivers to make better-informed travel decisions. During major incidents, the first priority of the RTMC, which operates the signs 24-hours per day, 7-days a week, is to provide drivers with accurate information as quickly as possible. According to FDOT, the DMS replacement project reflects the District Four ITS Program’s vision, “to be the best ITS program, by maximizing roadway efficiency, using technology, innovation, and continuous improvement.”

March 13, 2013

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