Atkins has been awarded a state-wide consultancy contract by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to enhance traffic signalling and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in the area. The contract encompasses all phases of traffic signal design and ITS, from the collection of field data to the development of final construction plans. Atkins will also develop project specifications, design regional transportation control centres and perform other functions to support the GDOT’s traffic operations.
Atkins ITS practice manager John Hibbard states that the company’s Atlanta team has formed a close relationship with the GDOT, and possesses a firm grasp of Georgia’s transportation needs. Hibbard said: “We’ve assembled a highly qualified, comprehensive team of professionals with local understanding and nationally recognised expertise.” He continued, the “GDOT requires an on-call consultant team made up of experienced professionals who provide innovative solutions. We have that.”
The GDOT’s Atlanta-based, statewide Transportation Management Centre (TMC) has been operated by Atkins under a six-year contract since 2011. A team of about 50 TMC employees monitor traffic movement, manage incident response, provide accurate roadway information to travellers and respond directly to drivers’ calls about conditions.
The GDOT’s Regional Traffic Operations Program (RTOP) also receives engineering support from Atkins. This multijurisdictional structured program strives to improve traffic signal operations statewide through active monitoring, managing and maintenance of traffic signals. This begins in the metro Atlanta area – home to over half of Georgia’s traffic signals, half of all lane miles travelled, and three-quarters of the state’s traffic congestion.
Atkins has developed ITS solutions for clients US-wide, including Departments of Transportation in Florida, North Carolina and Nevada, as well as the city of Arlington, Texas.