July 7, 2010
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York introduces Smart Work Zones

Pilot program to provide wait times for motorists driving through construction areas
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is conducting a pilot project that will provide motorists with information on potential traffic delays through road construction zones.  The pilot will take place from July 12 to the end of August on Jane Street from Langstaff Road to Rutherford Road in the City of Vaughan.
The repaving project on Jane Street will feature several electronic variable message signs that indicate to drivers the approximate length of delays through the work area. 
The signs will feature one of the following messages, based on traffic volume and delays:
• Travel time less than 5 minutes
• Travel time 5 to 10 minutes
• Travel time greater than 10 minutes
The Smart Work Zone pilot will use portable remote microwave sensors along the work area to measure the speed of traffic and communicate this information wirelessly to the variable message signs.
The pilot is designed to provide motorists accurate information to help make informed decisions about which routes to take when travelling.  If successful, the pilot has the ability to help reduce traffic congestion, reduce travel delays and enhance worker safety in construction areas.
Should the pilot prove successful, the technology will be used in future road projects.
To help gauge the effectiveness of the new technology, a motorist survey will be posted on the York Region website www.york.ca to allow for feedback.  All motorists driving through the Jane Street construction site are encouraged to participate.
For more information on the Smart Work Zone pilot or to take the survey, please click on the front page Smart Work Zone banner on the York Region homepage.
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1232 / Cell: 905 251-6419
Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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