The Ohio Department of Transportation's new Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) is underway, and it's a three-pronged effort to cut down on your travel time.
Over the next year and a half, the state will set up 64 traffic cameras and 18 message boards around area highways to inform drivers of the current road conditions and travel back-ups.
"The whole entire system will go live by December 2011," says ODOT's Amanda Lee.
Part of the technology that shares all data with drivers (by way of their website, BuckeyeTraffic.org) will include sensors on the roadways to tell drivers, in real time, what travel conditions are like at every hour of the day.
The project is the reason many drivers are seeing stacks of metal girders on the side of highways over the last few weeks.
They will be installed over the highways to hold the message boards.
The first in our area will be up and running near the Innerbelt Bridge by September.
To see the website, click on the link provided to the right.