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Thursday, March 18, 2004

 

Illinois: Lake County deploying extensive fiber-linked intelligent transportation system

Congressman Mark Kirk spoke to a group of Chicago-area mayors about federal assistance for a local intelligent transportation system (ITS):
"The main piece Kirk promoted during the meeting was a new $5.8 million high-tech system being constructed this year will coordinate 145 major traffic signals and inform drivers of any delays in Lake County, according to a county summary of the project. 'It will make our traffic management more efficient -- good news for many of us who have been stuck at a traffic light without a car in sight from any direction -- relief is coming,' Kirk said. The project is being funded by $3 million already approved by Congress, Kirk said. The balance of $2.8 million is being paid for by Lake County, said Martin G. Buehler, Lake County director of transportation.

The project will include $1.1 million for fiber optic and communication equipment that will be controlled by a traffic management center in Libertyville, according to a county summary of the project. Two operators will monitor traffic from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday with more intense monitoring during morning and evening rush hour periods, the report said. It is set to go on line in June 2005.

A phase two project will expand the project to the entire county at a cost of $13.5 million and would be funded partially by federal funding and partially by the sales tax, the report said."

As noted in an earlier post today, the fiber backbone for an ITS can also serve as the backbone for a municipal wireless broadband system. To do this, however, the ITS designers need to consider this in their design so that there's some extra fiber in the cables and so that the necessary fiber access points are provided for.

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