DriveOhio, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation, is partnering with Nexar to test its CityStream roadway monitoring technology to improve highway work zone safety; a pilot project that will run through August along the state’s 33 smart mobility corridors.
[Above photo by the Ohio DOT.]
Nexar said in a blog post that its CityStream system analyzes real-time data to help public agencies make better-informed informed transportation decisions.
In the last 10 years, Nexar noted that there have been almost 60,000 road incidents involving work zones in Ohio, with more than 14,000 of them resulting in either injuries or fatalities. And 2019 proved the worst year for work zone crashes with a record-high 6,574 work zones crashes in Ohio; a 40 percent increase from the year before.
Nexar said CityStream will allow Ohio DOT to monitor work zones remotely and observe whether they are set up safely for the workers and drivers alike. The system will also identify those sites regularly causing traffic build-ups, so public officials can use a data-driven approach to deploy resources when and where they’re needed.
“DriveOhio helps the public sector test new technologies like Nexar to understand the advantages of fresh visual data and how it can best be incorporated to assist Ohio DOT employees,” explained Patrick Smith, interim director of DriveOhio, in a statement. “CityStream has the potential to make our roads safer for workers and travelers alike.”