Two Interstates receive grant boosts
Jul 15, 2008 10:22 AM
Two of the nationís busiest Interstate highways will receive $11 million, more than $5 million each, in federal support for innovative strategies to reduce the frustration of truckers looking for parking on congested routes, according to Federal Highway Administration information.
The two Interstates, East Coast I-95 and West Coast I-5, were chosen based on a corridor-wide approach to addressing congestion along those heavily used to transport freight.
The program will use innovative intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technology to provide truckers with real-time information on available parking. The technology will monitor parking availability and transmit the updates to truckers. Both corridors will explore ways to allow truckers to reserve parking spaces ahead of time.
The administration said that on I-95, average daily truck traffic is over 10,000 on certain stretches, with maximum daily truck traffic above 31,000. On I-5, average daily truck traffic is near 10,000 with a maximum above 35,000. The two corridors represent 10 percent of total Interstate highway truck traffic.
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