Utilicom, GDOT use new technologies to solve troubled intersection

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016

Almon Rd intersections

TOP: view near cabinet showing the proximity of the intersections;
BOTTOM: Overhead view of 1-20 and intersections

Utilicom Supply is proud to announce the completion of a landmark project in Covington, Georgia that leverages McCain’s first deployment of a low-voltage 350i ATC Cabinet. The advanced cabinet architecture and expansive capabilities helped the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) improve operations at a troublesome dual-intersection location.

The task of eliminating congestion and guiding drivers more efficiently between Interstate 20 and a parallel access road was brought to the GDOT signal department where Justin Hatch, transportation engineer, and Mike Govus, assistant state signal engineer, were up for the challenge. “The project intersections are located just fifty feet apart,” commented Hatch. “After evaluating how to better move vehicles through the intersections, controlled by a single cabinet, Mike and I decided that the ideal solution was to install a new cabinet with more channels (or traffic command capabilities).”

The McCain 350i ATC Cabinet installed

The McCain 350i ATC Cabinet installed

The McCain low-voltage 350i ATC Cabinet was presented to GDOT by Utilicom Supply Associates. The cabinet more than fit the bill offering GDOT the ability to control up to 32 channels, twice the industry norm.

“AT GDOT, we are always looking for ways to incorporate new and emerging technology,” added Govus. “The low-voltage option provides immediate benefits to our team’s safety, by reducing the risk of dangerous (high-voltage) shocks, and also opens the door to future opportunities, such as solar or extended system backups in the event of a power outage or emergency. We viewed this as a win-win that would also help GDOT keep pace with technology.”

The intersection includes McCain signal and pedestrian hardware, Leotek 48VDC LED’s, and a GRIDSMART video detection system. With the GRIDSMART GS2 processor and two iconic bell cameras, the system is actuating both intersections along with perpetually reporting traffic counts, movements and flows. GDOT is able to remotely monitor the intersections in real time and collect expansive traffic data with the system’s data capabilities.

Commemorating the project’s completion, GDOT Director of Operations, John Hibbard said, “I’m proud to celebrate the creative thought and technical capabilities of two of our excellent Traffic Operations staff.”

This project is a landmark for the combination of using such a high volume of channel outputs and low power consumption. Utilicom Supply will continue pairing with such great partners and seek best-performance solutions at every opportunity.


On-site with McCain, Utilicom Supply, Siemens, and GDOT