“Connected vehicle technology will have a huge impact on people’s lives, and Minnesota embracing it is another critical step to seeing it become a reality,” said Scott Shogan, connected and automated vehicle market leader at WSP.
WSP was selected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to transform a major state highway west of Minneapolis into a road capable of testing and deploying numerous applications for safety and mobility. As prime consultant, the firm is responsible for providing planning, systems engineering and technical support to MnDOT, and will develop a concept of operations for the project, prepare system requirements, and support the procurement of system design and deployment in subsequent phases.
“This project is focused on developing a connected corridor using dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) technology, but also looking for other ways to distribute data, such as traffic signal timings, through existing means such as cellular communications,” Shogan said.
MnDOT has selected the 9-mile Trunk Highway 55 (TH-55) corridor between downtown Minneapolis and Interstate 494 as the initial location to deploy this technology. In addition, portions of Interstate 394, which runs parallel to the south of TH-55, may be outfitted with connected vehicle infrastructure to allow for additional applications.
Planning will continue through the summer, and deployment of the connected corridor program is expected to start later this year.