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I-10 Advanced Traveler Information System and Incident Response

Responding to severe dust storms along New Mexico’s most frequently impacted corridor.
  • New Mexico I-10 ITS, Gannett Fleming

    Dynamic messaging signs along I-10 between Mileposts 5 and 15 notify travelers of storm activity.

  • New Mexico I-10 ITS, Gannett Fleming

    Gannett Fleming developed an advanced traveler information system to alert travelers of emergencies.

  • New Mexico I-10 ITS, Gannett Fleming

    I-10’s advanced traveler information system uses CCTV cameras to monitor roadway conditions.

New Mexico Department of Transportation, District 1

MWI, Inc.

Las Cruces, Deming, and Lordsburg, New Mexico

Our Role
Intelligent Transportation Systems, Highways, Traffic, Safety Engineering.

145 miles
Construction Cost
$3 million
New Construction
5 years
  • Developed an advanced warning system to alert travelers of severe dust storms

  • Increased travel safety by implementing a system to better inform drivers

  • Provided an advanced traveler information system to communicate other messages.

Severe and sudden dust storms threaten travelers along the 145-mile-long Interstate 10 route extending between Texas and Arizona. These storms form a solid wall of dust that can reach one-mile high and last between 30 minutes and 24 hours. 

To solve the dust-storm challenge, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) partnered with Gannett Fleming to configure and deploy an advanced traveler information system (ATIS) and incident response system using intelligent transportation systems (ITS) devices. As a result, travelers are alerted in advance of dust storms and other emergencies, giving them ample time to make informed travel decisions that could save lives. The first of its kind in New Mexico, this $3 million project extends from the Texas to Arizona borders and relies on ITS.

What We Did

As the project designer, Gannett Fleming developed a concept of operations (ConOps), defined functional system requirements, and developed the complete plans, specifications, and estimates package. The ConOps identified the response needs of the region. Prior to this project, response personnel had to visually verify dust storm occurrence, delaying the dispatch of emergency responders. After determining the region’s response needs, the firm developed requirements for functionality of the ATIS and dust storm detection system, including 24-hour surveillance, automated dust storm detection, and enhanced incident management and response capabilities.

The ATIS supports the dust storm detection system by providing surveillance capabilities to the NMDOT and dust storm response personnel to identify and verify storms, in addition to providing methods of public information dissemination during dust storms and other incidents. As a combined system, the ATIS and incident response system components increased safety, and improved response capabilities in the region.

Key Features

  • CCTV cameras that show real-time conditions of the roadway

  • Dynamic message signs that display warnings and detours

  • Enhanced information and real-time visibility of the roadway conditions on the NMDOT website and mobile devices

  • Highway advisory radios that broadcast important alerts

  • Highway advisory radio flashing beacon signs that flash when an alert is issued

  • Traffic Operations Center located at the District One Headquarters in Deming, New Mexico.

Sustainability Features & Outcomes

  • Carbon emissions reduced by decreasing number of idling vehicles during storms

  • Utilized recycled materials and equipment, including highway radio antennas.

Awards & Recognition

  • Engineering Excellence Award Special Projects Category, 2012, American Council of Engineering Companies New Mexico, Engineering Excellence Awards.

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