Gresham, Smith and Partners, a leading national engineering, planning, architecture and interior design firm, is pleased to announce it has been contracted to support design services for an Intelligent Transportation System being developed along approximately 40 miles of I-10 and I-110 in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in Florida for the Florida Department of Transportation. Contracted by TransCore ITS, LLC, GS&P will also assist in providing construction engineering and inspection coordination services as well as site and architectural guidance for a Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC) to be located in Pensacola. The project aims to enhance the mobility, efficiency and safety of the freeway system in the Pensacola metro region.

"The safety and efficiency this intelligent transportation system will provide will be invaluable for those traveling along this corridor through Pensacola," stated John Simler, TransCore ITS Group President. "Once completed, this will allow greater coordination with surrounding jurisdictions to provide freeway users with real-time traffic information and reduce congestion with better management of planned and unplanned incidents."

ITS design elements will include fiber optic and wireless communications, closed-circuit television cameras, microwave vehicle detection systems, a roadway weather information system and dynamic message signs installed at key decision points along the freeway network. Freeway management activities, safety and maintenance dispatch services, record keeping and other ITS and roadway maintenance administrative requirements will be handled from the RTMC.

"This approach to implementing a turn-key ITS for the Pensacola area will require close coordination among all members of the team," stated Marion Waters, P.E., senior vice president of ITS and traffic engineering, Gresham, Smith and Partners. "We look forward to working in conjunction with TransCore to deliver this project for FDOT, enhance their operational capabilities and to increase the efficiency and safety for motorists."

The ITS design is expected to be completed by May 2009 with the RTMC and associated Freeway Management System targeted to be fully operational by July 1, 2010.

GS&P recently completed design work on an 83-mile freeway ITS implementation for the Memphis Smartway project on behalf of the Tennessee Department of Transportation; TransCore was also the contractor for this project. The firm was also awarded a five year on-call statewide ITS design contract from the Georgia Department of Transportation earlier in 2008.