The Town of Smyrna has received $720,000 in federal grant money through the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Phase I of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) for an Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS). Phase I will incorporate the traffic signals along Sam Ridley Boulevard (SR 266), Nissan Drive (SR 102), Enon Springs, and a portion of Lowry Street (Hwy 41), Todd Lane, Old Nashville Highway, and Rock Springs Road through single and multimode fiber. The fiber will be routed to a Traffic Operations Center in Town Hall.
Recently, the Town received a grant for an additional $737,600 through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program to complete Phase II. Phase II will incorporate traffic signals along the remaining portion of Lowry Street (Hwy 41), Lee Victory Parkway (SR 102), and remote signals/intersections across the Town. Both phases will include traffic signal controllers, CCTV camera system, vehicle detection, and multi-agency use of traffic communications system for effective incident and traffic management. Phases I and II are expected to be operational by early 2018.
ITS is an operational system of various technologies that, when combined and managed, improve the operating capabilities of the overall transportation system. The Town of Smyrna has invested in ITS technologies and strategies in an effort to improve the management and operations of its transportation system. The deployed technologies will aid the Town in its ability to operate the street network efficiently, thereby reducing vehicle travel times and enhancing motorist safety.
"The ability to detect and monitor incidents and other roadway conditions remotely will result in personnel and equipment savings by allowing for only necessary resources to be dispatched to the field", said Tom Rose, Smyrna Public Works Director. He added "Stable funding sources will be identified to support the continued development, operation, and maintenance of ITS projects within the Town that will ensure transportation services remain timely and reliable for all modes of travel".