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TxDOT – New Traffic Technology for Drivers

New technology is now online for El Paso drivers, two are online while the other beams electronically over local highways.

HELP Alerts or (Highway Emergency Link Platform) Alerts are now live statewide and TransVista will be using them to alert motorists for incidents lasting more than four hours. The alerts are like TxDOT traffic alerts and will be sent to cell phones located in the geo fence set up by TxDOT Operators, much like Amber and Silver Alerts are sent on cell phones.

No mobile app or pre-registration is needed for drivers to participate. Agencies who offer the HELP Alerts service push a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) to travelers in and approaching a major incident area. The WEA message relays instructions for registering for road closure updates. Once registered, users can receive updates about the closure from the agency as well as send messages to the agency’s representatives. The emergency alert system can also issue one-way alerts to warn drivers of upcoming dangers or extreme conditions.

The alerts operate through the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS), FEMA’s national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public.

Statewide, TxDOT launched a new TxDOT Traffic Safety Data Portal, available on TxDOT.gov, that will allow the public and our partners to access user-friendly, simplified visualizations of our traffic and crash data. This portal provides charts, maps, trends projections and targets. Users can see and analyze crash data from across the state and by types of crashes, as well as refine their searches to include year and geography. The data available can be viewed at a broad level and allows for detailed review as needed.

Users can also see how TxDOT’s efforts to reduce crashes, such as public awareness campaigns like Click It or Ticket, speed zone designations, work zone safety and State laws and enforcement efforts are making a difference in reaching our goal of zero fatalities.

Drivers traveling on US-54 southbound or I-10 east and westbound – all heading toward the Spaghetti Bowl will see the District’s Lane Management System (LMS) is powered up on overhead sign bridges. The illuminated signs provide guidance to drivers about lane information, including routing, speed, and closures. Based on real-time traffic information, incident and congestion data can be used to control lane usage ahead of lane closures to reduce the potential for rear-end and secondary crashes.

Currently there are three systems activated, but the goal is to install them at major interchanges in the future.

 

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