Intelligent Transportation Systems get green light in Sarnia

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SARNIA, Ont. — The provincial and federal governments are combining to fund Intelligent Transportation Systems for the Sarnia border crossing, which they hope will ensure the smooth flow of traffic.

Pavement sensors that measure vehicle speed will be installed in the roadway leading up to the Sarnia border crossing. They will be tied into queue-end warning signs which will provide drivers with information on traffic conditions ahead. Also, nine close-circuit televisions will also be installed in the area so Ministry of Transportation staff can monitor traffic and dispatch emergency services quickly in the event of an accident.

The cost of the two projects is $4.4 million.

“Innovative technologies at strategic locations, like border crossings, are extremely beneficial for businesses and travellers,” said MPP Caroline DiCocco, on behalf of provincial Transport Minister Donna Cansfield. “The queue-end warning system is helping reduce collisions and ensure faster clearance at the Blue Water Bridge border crossing.”

“This new technology will help keep this important transportation and trade corridor moving,” added federal Transport Minister, Lawrence Cannon. “It demonstrates Canada’s new government’s commitment to working with its partners to improve Canada’s border transportation infrastructure.”

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