May 6, 2009
Even in today’s dead-fish economy, with new construction jobs down, and serious roadway budget cuts enacted, road construction still traps traffic from time to time for north Texas commuters. Drivers are not driving into the darkness anymore, though, thanks to a Web page on the Texas Department of Transportation Web site. Now, before someone takes his or her tread to the trail ways, he or she can plan a potentially smoother ride by logging on to the Web page to discover road lane closures and other obstacles as listed by TxDot.
The lane closures are categorized by city, whether it is Fort Worth or Dallas, and detailed by date as to when they will be in effect. When surfing the Web page, browsers click on the Traffic Data button, select Dallas or Fort Worth, and then choose from four different categories of construction conundrums. Incident lists, closure lists, message board lists and camera lists information can all be gathered from the choices offered.
TxDot also uses roadway cameras to track traffic conditions each day, as well. Web site users can see which roads are most congested in the mornings or after work before heading out into the concrete jungle’s paths. A color-coded key in the left hand corner of the front page gives an overhead, at-a-glance view of the traffic conditions at any given time.
Some of the roadways slated for lane closures this Friday, May 8, are listed on the Web page include the following:
US bound 75 at SH121;
SB Loop 12, Spur 348 to SH 183
EB and WB IH 20, SH 342 to Bonnie View Rd;
SB IH 35E Mockingbird Lane to SH 183
NB and SB IH 35E Commerce St to Continental Ave;
EB and WB Spur 366 Industrial Blvd to Akard St.
None in Ft. Worth
The information provided on the Web site is gathered by TxDot by using Intelligent Transportation Systems, ITS, which is the integration of electronics and computers to produce real-time traffic condition status, for greater safety and efficiency for drivers, according to the TxDot Web site. ITS also uses communication technologies and management strategies applications in achieving the end result. The system is funded through Federal, local and private organizations and is necessary because ITS is a “means to facilitate the flow of traffic on our highways and reduce travel delays,” stated the Web site’s FAQ section. More information is available on the TxDot Web site.