ITS: Mississippi DOT wins Best of ITS Award for regional system

Oct. 20, 2014

Partnership with Louisiana, Arkansas DOTs monitors traffic at four Mississippi River crossings

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has won the Best New Innovative Practice – Partnership Deployment award in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) America’s “Best of ITS Awards,” honoring the most innovative, effective and influential achievements in the ITS industry.

MDOT was recognized for the Mississippi River Bridges – Incident Management, Freight Movement and Security ITS Project. Working with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD), a regional ITS network was constructed to improve operational efficiency at the four Mississippi River crossings in the state through traffic monitors and dynamic message boards, and other means to convey traveler information.

“It was an honor to be recognized at the premier ITS event of the year among thousands of public sector and transportation industry professionals,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath.

The Best of ITS Awards annually recognize the best and brightest of the high-tech transportation community. This highly competitive program recognizes the organizations whose projects have demonstrated specific and measurable outcomes and exemplified innovation by establishing a “new dimension” of performance.

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