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Cortelazzi, Lou, et al.
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In 1998, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission implemented a project looking to fill in the gaps of VMS, CCTV cameras and HAR signs throughout the Commission's mainline and northeast extension roadways. Included in the project were three new systems: a road weather information system, a traffic flow detection system, and a truck rollover warning system at specified locations. The project also included integrating Central Software to operate and control some of the Commissions' ITS subsystems.

The local evaluation report assessed how well the project goals and objectives were met, provided the direct and indirect benefits of the project, and discussed the technical and institutional issues that were encountered while completing the project.

The truck rollover warning system installed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike was designed to alert truck drivers of a dangerous curve at the Breezewood Interchange. This warning system was one component of the project where immediate results were seen. Data was collected 21 months before the installation of the truck rollover warning system and compared to data collected 21 months after system installation.
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Traffic congestion, weather conditions, incidents and other emergency conditions can significantly impact the mobility and safety of travelers. Through the collection, consolidation and communication of traveler information, an Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS) enables the public to make better informed travel decisions and assists transportation agencies in their roadway operations and management.

In 1998, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) entered into an agreement which provided funds for the deployment of Phase III (of VIII Phases) of the Turnpike's Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) project. The purpose of the project was to:

Expand the Commission's statewide Advanced Traveler Information System to better inform motorists about traffic, weather and emergency conditions along the PA Turnpike through the use of highway advisory radio (HAR), variable message signs (VMS), closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, roadway weather information systems (RWIS), truck rollover warning system (TRWS) and, traffic flow detection system (TFDS).

Specifically, the Commission was looking to fill in the gaps of VMS, CCTV cameras and HAR signs throughout the Commission's mainline and northeast extension roadways, add new RWIS, TFDS and TRWS to specified locations, and to implement and integrate a Central Software to operate and control some of the Commissions' ITS subsystems.

This local evaluation report assesses how well the project goals and objectives were met, provides the direct and indirect benefits of the project, and discusses the technical and institutional issues that were encountered while completing the project.
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Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
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668
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Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) Phase III Project
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