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MDOT Pilots New Traffic System

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A new traffic light system might help clear up some congestion in Hattiesburg soon.

MDOT is currently piloting an Adaptive Traffic System on Hwy. 49 and Hwy. 98. Workers will place sensors underneath pavement to monitor traffic flow.

"It will register an increase or decrease in traffic and then directionally try to time the signals accordingly," MDOT District 6 Engineer Kelly Castelberry said.

He explained that right now, workers have to physically count vehicles at each intersection and time signals accordingly.

He said this will be especially helpful during heavy traffic events like ball games and concerts.

"As opposed to us not knowing when those events are and trying to time them specially, this will pick those events up and move traffic more efficiently," Castelberry said.

He said the project began in October and will carry on through April.  He said that's when motorists will notice workers in the roadways installing the sensors.

"Motorists need to be careful when they see workers out there," Castelberry said.   "They're out there working on our behalf, and just be cautious until they're out of the way and you'll get to enjoy the benefit that they provide."

He said Hattiesburg is the first in the state to try the new system, and he predicts it will catch on.

"This is an application that you could see in other cities," Castelberry said. "We look at corridors. We've identified several corridors that could possibly benefit from this type of system to relieve congestion."

 

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