Florida Department of Transportation, District 7
In 2021, The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) required the services of an experienced consultant team to provide the design, permitting, and construction of enhancements to the traffic control system and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) along multiple corridors as alternative routes to I-275 from the SR 60 interchange north to the SR 678 (Bearss Ave.) interchange, and I-4 from I-275 to US 92 (Hillsborough Ave.).
Econolite Systems, Inc. (ESI) was part of a multidisciplinary design-build consultant team selected to design, build, and deploy an integrated, and connected vehicle-ready ITS solution to help optimize multimodal traffic as part of a larger FDOT I-275 corridor improvement program. Econolite’s Centracs ATMS central signal system, which was already in use in the City of Tampa, was leveraged and upgraded with Centracs Priority, a Center-to-Center (C2C) module that provided comprehensive Transit Signal Priority (TSP) for approximately 360 intersections. As part of the complete ITS system, Econolite’s Cobalt ATC controllers and EOS controller software were deployed. In addition, Connected Vehicle (CV) Roadside Units (RSUs) and a C2C connection were made with the existing CAD/AVL transit and Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) management systems already in use in the greater Tampa metropolitan area. ESI also worked directly with FDOT to allow information sharing between the FDOT’s SunGuide system and Centra
The I-275 ICM ITS/CV system integrates seamlessly to provide complete TSP/EVP management with Estimated Times of Arrival (ETA) and Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) for all priority vehicles. In addition, the ICM ITS/CV system enables FDOT District 7 to evaluate signal timing, TSP, and travel time efficiencies along the following corridors:
- I-275 corridor from South of I-4 to North of Bearss Avenue
- USB 41 / SR 685 / Florida Avenue / Tampa Street from Kennedy Boulevard to Bearss Avenue
- US 41 / SR 45 / Nebraska Avenue from Kennedy Boulevard to Bearss Avenue