SAFETY: Caltrans receives grant for new traffic data capturing equipment

Dec. 31, 2015

The new equipment will be applied to the state highway system to aid Caltrans in building traffic management strategies

According to a press release issued by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the agency will replace its current traffic data capturing equipment to better collect information and digital images on the state highway system, the funds for which will be provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The $400,000 Model Inventory of Roadway Elements (MIRE) data grant will be used to update the department’s data-collection program’s equipment and software, which help the department collect information along the state highway system. This data informs traffic safety investigations, asset management, maintenance mission safety planning, local development intergovernmental review and many other Caltrans functions.

The grant will enable the department to collect more than 200 MIRE specified data points. Geopositional equipment will be used to collect horizontal and vertical, curve and grade data that are a crucial element in traffic safety investigations. Cameras will capture images to assist in traffic safety investigations, maintenance mission safety planning, access management and local development intergovernmental review.

“This grant allows us to procure the latest technology and continue to deliver top-notch research and results, so we can continue to improve safety for all who use the State Highway System,” said Malcolm Dougherty, Caltrans Director. “The new equipment will provide for a higher degree of accuracy and greater reliability.”

The collected data is required as a part of the Moving Ahead for Progress (MAP) in the 21st Century Act, the federal transportation legislation that was signed into law in 2012.