State to begin testing speed technology

November 27, 2009

The State Highway Administration will begin testing next week on a system designed to help motorists move to reduced lanes more safely. A five-week study is planned for the Variable Speed Advisory technology, a traffic management tool that aims to permit lane merges without sudden stops or backups. Using roadside sensors, speed trailers and vehicle recognition software, SHA officials will gather information to determine if giving advisory speeds and travel time information helps reduce congestion. The test will be conducted on two miles of westbound Route 100 between Route 713 and Coca-Cola Drive. The $70,000 project is being done with the University of Maryland's Traffic Safety and Operations lab.

- Associated Press

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