Safety Management

Heads-up prior to on-ramps In Reserve

Did you ever drive onto an on-ramp and go around the bend only to see that the highway is actually a linear parking lot? Didn't you wish that you had a heads-up with that information so you could have not taken the ramp and maybe had a meal or made a pit stop while planning an alternate route (or time) for the trip? DOT can place a traffic camera showing live traffic on the highway (attach it to the bridge) and via an ITS cable, connect it to a screen placed at the sign leading to the ramp. That way, drivers can see the traffic flow on the highway prior to taking the on-ramp. If the traffic is moving, they can take the ramp. If there is a traffic jam, the driver can choose to take the ramp anyway or not to take the ramp.


With solar power, this can be a self contained system. Parts list: traffic camera, cable, weatherproof impact-proof tamperproof screen, power source, and construction permits.

The cost of the system will come down once someone designs and packages it, considering the quantity of on-ramps statewide, nationwide, continent-wide, and world wide.

Idea Submitted by Nicole Einthoven

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Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City?

This is a priority because it will help with incident management by helping drivers avoid congested areas.
This will help the economy because people are more productive when they make any progress rather than when they are sitting trapped in a linear parking lot on a highway.

Archive: 2019 Ideas
Archive: 2019 Ideas
Idea No. 138