FRANKFORT, Ky (WSAZ) – Governor Andy Beshear today announced that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has received $5.14 million in federal funding to improve safety on interstate highways through innovative solutions to prevent wrong-way accidents. .
“Wrong-way driving is a huge safety challenge, not just in Kentucky, but across the United States,” Governor Beshear said. “These funds will allow us to use innovative video technology to help monitor and reinforce security in corridors prone to these types of incidents.”
Kentucky’s Wrong-Way Driving and Integrated Safety Technology System will use state-of-the-art computing and video processing to implement a pilot program aimed at detecting and deterring wrong-way incidents by alerting the wrong-way driver, other drivers and emergency. Additionally, the system will enhance existing intelligent transportation systems to monitor and detect other safety issues related to pedestrians, debris, and stopped vehicles on the road.
“Improving road safety is a core focus of the Transportation Cabinet,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “These funds will allow KYTC to use the latest technological advances to help prevent accidents, injuries and fatalities on our roadways.”
The plans for the Oncoming Driving and Integrated Safety Technology system consist of four elements:
- detection system – Identifies wrong-way incidents and other security issues in real time
- deterrence system – Triggers warnings designed to deter oncoming drivers
- alert system – Notifies travelers in the right direction and emergency services
- Main line monitoring system – Identifies mainline safety issues (pedestrians, debris, disabled vehicles, etc.)
Existing road and digital signage will be integrated into a comprehensive system that will include additional signs, cameras, sensors, and other equipment purchased with grant funds. Locations will be identified based on crash history and ramp design on interstate ramps in Fayette and Jefferson counties, as the majority of wrong-way crashes occur in these areas, with the potential to expand to other counties in the whole state.
“Road infrastructure improvements are part of a comprehensive effort to curb these tragic events,” said Secretary Gray. “In addition to implementing this new technology system, we will continue to investigate opportunities across the state to address wrong-way crashes, such as lanes and signage. While our existing signage and markings meet federal requirements, we are looking at how to improve visibility and uniformity at each exit ramp.”
Between 2015 and 2020, there were 88 wrong-way crashes in Kentucky where a driver used an exit ramp in the wrong direction. These 88 crashes resulted in 16 deaths and 27 serious injuries.
The funds were provided by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as part of an Deployment of Advanced Transportation Technologies and Congestion Management (ATCMTD) program.
Kentucky is one of 10 FHWA ATCMTD program grant recipients
this year it awarded grants valued at $45.2 million to 10 projects that use advanced intelligent transportation system technologies that will improve mobility and safety, provide multimodal transportation options, and support underserved communities.
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