The California Department of Transportation announced this week that work is being completed on a $21 million project to create a “smart corridor” using Intelligent Transportation System technology on Highway 12 in Solano, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties, as well as on Interstate 5 in San Joaquin County.
“This technology will make these highways safer for everyone and provide motorists (with) real-time information they can use to make smart choices and steer clear of traffic incidents, roadwork and bad weather,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The ITS equipment includes five electronic message signs and four closed-circuit television cameras installed on Highway 12 and I-5 that will help drivers make informed travel decisions. Nearly 2,300 Caltrans cameras monitor freeways across California, offering live streaming video available to the public online.
The project also expanded the existing park and ride lot at Highway 12 and Thornton Road, and improved key intersections at Tower Park Way, Glasscock Road, Correia Road and Guard Road, resulting in better traffic flow and safer conditions, according to Caltrans.
“This project opening is an important step but just one of the steps in the continuing effort to improve safety, operations and maintenance of SR-12 in San Joaquin County,” San Joaquin Council of Governments Executive Director Andrew Chesley said.
Workers are preparing for construction on a $47 million safety project on Bouldin Island that will include a concrete median barrier on Highway 12 to prevent vehicles from straying into oncoming traffic.
The project will also widen the highway shoulders, providing a safe area for motorists and law enforcement to pull over when needed. In addition, Caltrans will replace an old section of the highway between the Potato Slough Bridge and the Mokelumne River Bridge with new, smoother pavement.
Since 2007, Caltrans has taken action and implemented many measures to make Highway 12 safer, including installation of additional signs encouraging motorists to “Save Lives Not Minutes” and “Pass with Care;” the removal of passing areas in various locations to prevent motorists from passing on the two-lane highway; installation of radar speed signs; installation of rumble strips to alert drivers when they start to drift across the centerline or veer off the highway; and extending the double fine zone through the end of 2013.
The project announcements were made this week at an event held by Caltrans, the San Joaquin Council of Governments, San Joaquin County and the city of Lodi.
Friends and family of former Caltrans and SJCOG employee Dana Cowell attended a ceremony to dedicate a five-mile portion of SR-12 from Potato Slough Bridge to I-5 as the Dana Cowell Memorial Highway.