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January 26
SCDOT to Provide Real Time Traffic Information For Columbia Area Motorists on Interstate Highways

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will be deploying a new feature of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) on January 27.

This feature consists of displaying real-time travel time information on overhead variable message boards located on the interstates in the Columbia area.

Real time travel information messages will include approximate travel time to major interchanges. For example, a motorists traveling west on I-20 may encounter a message board with the message, “Travel Time to I-26, Less than 3 Minutes.” These travel times will change as needed to reflect current conditions.

There are 15 overhead message boards in the Columbia area, located on Interstates 20, 26, 126 and 77.

“This exciting new feature should help the every day commuters and give them an idea whether traffic flow is normal or heavier than normal,” said South Carolina Secretary of Transportation H.B. “Buck” Limehouse Jr. “SCDOT is continuing to expand its services to assist the traveling public in making informed decisions for a better, safer experience on South Carolina highways.”

These travel time messages will be pre-empted to display information concerning incidents affecting traffic and Amber Alerts.

Once implemented in the Columbia area, SCDOT will move forward to implement these same informational displays in the other metropolitan interstates where message boards are in place.

 



Message boards began showing real-time travel information on Jan. 27, 2009. (Photo by Rob Thompson/SCDOT)


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