The Georgia Department of Transportation says the Columbia and Augusta-Richmond County area will soon benefit from an awarded $2.187 million Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) build-out contract to improve incident management and driver information on I-20 and I-520 spanning almost 27 interstate miles.
R.J. Haynie & Associates, Inc. will perform the work with an expected June 30, 2022 completion date.
The project includes installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, vehicle detection and dynamic message signs to support the 511 Georgia Traffic Operations Navigator platform as well as the CHAMP Incident Management Program. Hardware will be installed along I-20 from the South Carolina line to Exit 194 at State Route 383/Belair Road and along I-520 from I-20 to the state line.
GDOT’s ITS expansion includes four message signs, eight CCTV cameras and 34 proposed radar detection assemblies. The CCTV cameras and radar detection units will identify bottlenecks or crash locations, and the message signs will relay that information to motorists.
There are only a handful of ITS devices currently deployed along I-20 in the Augusta area. There is presently one westbound message sign past Exit 190. Additionally, there are five CCTV cameras located along I-20 that monitor traffic between SR 388 and the South Carolina line.
Augusta Traffic Engineering’s ongoing ITS build-out is integrated with the GDOT Navigator 511, and this will bolster that partnership.