Driving in Lubbock will soon be more high-tech, with the help of a new Intelligent Transportation System. You've probably seen similar systems in larger cities. Cameras and sensors monitor traffic, while signs alert drivers to potential hazards.
Drivers in the Hub City should start seeing local alerts like that by mid-January.
"This is a really good system to help facilitate the flow of traffic," Penny Mason from TxDOT said.
While Lubbock doesn't have the traffic problems of larger cities, "we still have our problem periods where we have backed up traffic," Mason said.
Soon, drivers on Lubbock's South Loop will be warned about potential delays.
"That can be flashed up on the message boards, and that gives drivers time to react to decide whether they want to go a different route," Mason said.
The ITS also alerts you to accidents, bad weather, even missing children.
"When something happens, those signs can be used to put up those Amber Alerts," Mason said.
The South Loop will have three signs, two west bound and one east bound. On the westbound side, signs will go up before the University exit, and near Home Depot. On the eastbound side, a sign will go up between Quaker and Indiana, but the system doesn't end there.
"We also have plans to put it on the Marsha Sharp Freeway," Mason said.
TxDOT starts testing the cameras this month. Signs should start going up in December, and the system should be up and running by mid-January.
Right now, there is no set deadline for installation on the Marsha Sharp.
TxDOT is funding this project and both TxDOT and the city will monitor traffic, but Mason says most alerts will be made by the city.
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