ALDOT Shoals Area Managed ITS Network


Shoals Area Managed ITS Network

Community Overview

Division 2 Quad City Shoals Area Overview:

  • Four communities acting as one with over 50k population on each side of the TN River
  • Three major Tennessee River Crossings with average of 25,000 VPD
  • Major freight and commuting corridors
  • Located in Northern Alabama where road & bridge icing is common
  • Roadway, bridge, & de-icing system monitoring critical for public safety and traffic continuity during winter storms

Background and Challenges

  • Developed original plans for 12 mile fiber and ITS network
  • Determined 12 miles would need to be reduced to 6 to stay within $2M budget
  • Found that a wireless solution provides regional coverage that encompasses all of the original 12 miles of fiber for less than $1M, including 24 months of maintenance
  • Redundant backbone design for high level of reliability
  • ONLY 3 towers required for backbone and distribution
  • Distribution system provides community-wide broadband access across entire area with over 350sq miles of 4.9 Ghz coverage

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