I-75 in line for ‘smart’ upgrade

The Florida Department of Transportation plans to break ground early next year on an Intelligent Transportation System, or ITS, for the 59.7-mile stretch of I-75 between Interstate 275 near Parrish and the Sarasota/Charlotte county line. The system will include sensors embedded in the road, closed-circuit TV cameras mounted on poles, and overhead electronic signs installed at various locations, all linked by fiber-optic cable, officials said. Its goal: to better monitor and improve traffic flow, give drivers real-time information on traffic and weather conditions, help emergency crews respond quicker to crashes and make hurricane evacuations more orderly.