- 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.
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.
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.
Carbon emissions reduced by decreasing number of idling vehicles during storms
Utilized recycled materials and equipment, including highway radio antennas.
- Engineering Excellence Award Special Projects Category, 2012, American Council of Engineering Companies New Mexico, Engineering Excellence Awards.