Hurricanes and other extreme weather events can be crippling to any transportation system, but by preparing and planning for these events operationally, their impacts can be minimized. Every year, Alabama is at risk of being impacted by major hurricanes coming off the Gulf Coast. Planning for these hurricanes takes a lot of effort and collaboration between departments, a process that starts as early as May and can include practice runs of contraflow exercises.
Alabama was seeking a tool to help augment their planning efforts that could provide access to historical data from past storms to prepare for upcoming hurricane seasons. Specifically, Alabama experiences an influx in traffic from Florida and Louisiana during evacuations. This traffic negatively impacts their evacuation routes. One location, the George C. Wallace Tunnel, is a large choke point for the I-10 in Alabama during normal traffic conditions. This known choke point is put to its limits when the state sees evacuations out of Florida hit its roadways.
Download the case study to learn more about how Alabama DOT leveraged ClearGuide in hurricane preparedness.
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James Esquivel is a marketing manager at Iteris.
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