Pinellas designs $11 million technological innovation update to roadways

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Leaders in Pinellas County not too long ago voted to move forward on an $11 million challenge to insert reducing-edge technology to two main roadways in Pinellas County.

Before long, as you’re driving along US-19 or Condition Road 60, sensors along the roadway will be in a position to connect information to your smartphone applying Bluetooth.

An app you can expect to be ready to down load to your mobile phone will be able to inform you to crash data in authentic-time, as effectively as convey to you how several more seconds until the traffic light-weight you are waiting at turns eco-friendly.

Tom Washburn in Pinellas County’s Transportation Division says it could dramatically increase protection on our increasingly congested roadways as properly.

“If a pedestrian ways off a suppress they’ll get an inform in their automobile and furthermore if a pedestrian starts off to cross and there is a motor vehicle approaching, and it doesn’t surface it is slowing down it’ll give a concept to the pedestrian,” Washburn described.

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To make the technologies perform, engineers will have to set up about 100 sensors alongside spot roadways. It is a method they prepare to begin in early 2022.

Pinellas County is acquiring a $4.6 million federal US Office of Transportation grant for the job, and county leaders will pitch in a different $6.3 million to get it up and functioning.

It’s an investment they hope will make drivers’ commutes substantially smoother.

The Highly developed Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grants are remaining given out nationwide to enable counties and cities build extra related roadways employing up-to-date know-how.