Travel Times to be Displayed on Highway Message Signs Around South Lake Tahoe
7/1/2015
Contact:         Steve Nelson steve.nelson@dot.ca.gov
Phone:            (530) 741-4566; (530) 701-9459 cell
 
Travel Times to be Displayed on Highway Message Signs Around South Lake Tahoe
 
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – In its continued efforts to keep motorists informed of highway conditions, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is implementing new technology to display travel times around South Lake Tahoe.
 
Using Bluetooth technology, readers along the highway will collect data from mobile devices and transfer that data to a server to determine how long it takes vehicles to travel from one reader to another. This information can then be used to display travel times on the highway electronic message boards from South Lake Tahoe to as far west as Placerville. Personal information will not be collected.
 
This project was initiated from a City of South Lake Tahoe request to provide travel times to Echo Summit, and other destinations, so visitors to the South Lake Tahoe area can make better-informed decisions on their travel.
 
This project has been a collaborative effort among Caltrans District 3, Caltrans Headquarters Traffic Operations and Division of Research, Innovation and System Information (DRISI) engineers.
 
“This project has been well over a year in the making,” said Andrew Brandt, District 3’s deputy director for Maintenance and Traffic Operations. “We’re pleased to bring this technology to South Lake Tahoe to better assist motorists with their travel decisions.”
 
Caltrans staff has been testing the software in preparation for the system to go live in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The message boards also can be viewed online at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/
 
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Caltrans staff will be available for interviews in South Lake Tahoe from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 2. Any media outlets interested in an interview about this new feature should contact Steve Nelson at (530) 701-9459 to make arrangements.
 
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