New Road Weather Cameras Installed at Glenn & Parks Highway
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) Traveling Alaskans will be able to monitor traffic, weather and the condition of the road at one of Alaska’s most traveled intersections thanks to a federal program that funds Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS).
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) completed the installation of three sites at the intersection of the Glenn and Parks Highway.
The Road Weather Information System (RWIS) sites include cameras, a temperature data probe for seasonal weight restrictions, sensors for pavement temperature, winds, precipitation, moisture, and traffic speed. This highway section is one of the most highly traveled highways in Alaska and is also part of the Glenn Highway ITS Safety Corridor project that will include a network of travel time sensors and cameras.
The new RWIS sites will be extremely useful to multiple agencies and the traveling public in monitoring traffic, weather, and road conditions. Agencies benefitting from this technology include ADOT&PF Maintenance and Operations, ADOT&PF and Municipality of Anchorage Transportation Planning staff, traffic and safety personnel, and local law enforcement.
The information from these sensors is available on roadweather.alaskagov website and will soon be available on the 511.alaska.gov. 511 is a traveler advisory program that provides notices in multiple formats: on the webpage, through GovDelivery, by telephone, RSS feeds or through Facebook.
ADOT&PF’s RWIS system is a federal program funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and complies with the FHWA Road Weather Management Program. ADOT&PF’s vision is to implement the FHWA model of a Weather Responsive Traffic Management program on high traffic corridor roads.
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 33 communities, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.
Posted: October 18, 2011