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I-75 SmartWay ITS Expansion

Extending traffic management systems into a rural corridor.

  • $14M

    Construction Value

  • 27


  • 2023

    Estimated Completion

  • Campbell County, Tennessee

    Campbell County, Tennessee

Overcoming rural ITS challenges with innovation and partnerships.

Our team is developing plans to extend a traffic management system into rural Tennessee. As system deployments in urban communities near completion, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) identified I-75 in Jellico as one of the first rural Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) installations. 

Traversing Jellico Mountain, rugged terrain and weather events contribute to severe injury and fatal crashes. Traffic monitoring capabilities will decrease incident response times and enable traffic management in advance of weather and roadway incidents.

Venturing into this new frontier comes with challenges—this corridor is beyond TDOT-owned communications and several areas lack power access, and the rocky terrain will escalate conduit construction costs. We explored non-traditional alternatives for communication and power that utilized corridor resources such as existing cell towers.

The selected alternative will provide underground power and fiber optic communications tying into AT&T, using cameras, beacons, dynamic message signs, and other devices for TDOT to manage traffic. The previously identified cell towers will serve as power sources for the ITS devices.

Given that this corridor is a gateway to the Smoky Mountains, a main route for southbound vacationers, and a major north-south trucking route, proactive traffic management means increased reliability of steady traffic flow over Jellico Mountain.  

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Matt Davis, Senior Associate, Traffic and ITS Engineer

We are creating solutions with intelligent transportation systems and emerging technologies that ultimately make our clients’ jobs easier.
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Mike Holt, Principal

My nearly 30 years in consulting and the public sector gives me a unique perspective on how to design intelligent transportation solutions.

Matt Davis

Senior Associate, Traffic and ITS Engineer

Mike Holt


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