Drivers on the Indiana Toll Road will begin receiving warnings and updates along the highway early next year, when the toll road's operator initiates an "intelligent transportation system."
The system will include full-color message boards warning of potential road hazards, including accidents, work zones and bad weather. It will also include signs to alert drivers to reduce speed when necessary.
The Indiana Toll Road Concession Co., which operates the toll road, installed 70 miles of fiber optic cable during a $220 million highway rehabilitation project that wrapped up this year. The information system will use the cable.
“The Intelligent Transportation System is being put into place to increase safety messaging to customers, reduce speeds during periods of inclement weather or road incidents, and allow for an increased level of traffic monitoring to improve ITRCC and first responder response times,” said Rick Fedder, chief operating officer for ITRCC.
Roadside cameras will alert toll road and Indiana State Police to incidents along the highway.
The system's features were revealed Thursday at the Indiana Toll Road Concession Co.'s administration building in Granger.
For Indiana Toll Road information, visit www.indianatollroad.org.