North Carolina tests the future of traffic management on a stretch of I-85

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says one of the first permanent traffic systems in the state is officially up and running on Interstate 85 in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties.

It’s called an Integrated Corridor Management System, and it’s in place between I-85 between exits 10 and 33.

It uses cameras, electronic signs and remote-controlled traffic lights. When an accident is picked up on a traffic camera, operators in a control room activate electronic signs and stoplights to guide drivers onto U.S. 74 and other alternative routes.

NCDOT upgraded 94 traffic signals along U.S. 74 and I-85 ramps, put up two new electronic signs and added 11 cameras, then integrated them into the statewide traffic management system.

The goal is to relieve backups when there’s an accident, but also make the drive between Charlotte and Kings Mountain more predictable.