The city of Augusta is using modern traffic engineering technology for improved traffic flow and transportation efficiency. The operational hub, known as the Augusta Traffic Management Center (TMC), will officially open its doors Tuesday, March 19 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting celebration.
The traffic center, located at 452 Walker Street, Suite 110, Augusta, Ga., will be showcased beginning at 11 a.m. Officials from the city, Georgia DOT and the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) Office are scheduled to attend.
The Intelligent Transportation System Master Plan Implementation Project was funded with $4.5 million TIA Band 1 funds.
TIA dollars powered installation of a new seven-mile traffic engineering fiber optic network throughout Augusta-Richmond County and allowed the construction of the new TMC to coordinate and monitor traffic activities in real time. The master planning also covered an emergency preemption system, allowing for improved response times throughout the area.
“We’re excited to see this behind-the-scenes TIA project in action. I commend CSRA voters for approving a project that will help Augusta get the best out of the many physical roadway improvements being made in the area,” said TIA Administrator Kenneth Franks.
The Augusta TMC technology equips traffic signal technicians and engineers to improve safety and reduce delay throughout major corridors.
“We can now directly communicate with over 200 traffic signals in our system,” said Assistant Director for Augusta Traffic Engineering John Ussery. “We also have access to 75 new high definition pan-tilt-zoom cameras to assist technicians with monitoring traffic throughout the area. These improvements will allow for better coordination of major roadways, faster response time if a traffic signal malfunctions and improved high-level event monitoring and response.”
In 2012, voters in three Georgia regions – River Valley (RV), Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and the Heart of Georgia Altamaha (HOGA) – approved a 10-year one percent sales tax to fund regional and local transportation improvements. Over a decade, a total of $1.5 billion in new revenue is expected to be generated and dedicated to transportation improvements in these regions.
Information from GDOT.