|Published:||Feb 24, 2011 12:42 AM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 23, 2011 9:42 PM EST|
Drivers on I-75 may soon find smoother rides through southwest Florida.
The Florida Department of Transportation is just a couple of weeks away from going live with a $10 million upgrade to their I.T.S. system which monitors drivers on the interstate.
The system which consists of cameras, vehicle sensors and dynamic screens to transmit messages has already been online in Lee and Collier counties for over a year now.
The system is monitored from a central location in Fort Myers and the Florida highway patrol and the Department of transportation can route traffic based in the data acquired by the system.
F.D.O.T spokeswoman Debbie tower says that the system can be critical for keeping the traffic flowing in the event of serious incidents like accidents.
"What I.T.S. does is bring all the players together. Florida Highway patrol housed here can dispatch all the resources needed to respond and clear an incident more quickly. We can get get those messages up on our signs very quickly," she said in an interview this afternoon.
The department of transportation says that the system should be online and working within the next two weeks. After that they intend to turn their focus further north toward Sarasota and Bradenton counties.
Oh and if you are worried about the "Big Brother" aspect of being watched, Tower says not to worry. None of the cameras can record, they are strictly used for the traffic system.