Jun 06 2003

South Carolina to Receive $1.2 Million for Statewide ITS

System Plays Critical Role in Hurricane or Disaster Evacuations

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded South Carolina a $1.248 million Federal Highway Administration grant for the deployment of a statewide Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). The grant will help develop and enhance a traffic surveillance system/motorist information system on interstates which includes changeable message signs, highway advisory radios, and surveillance cameras. “This is great news for South Carolina’s motorists,” said Graham. “It will help make our highways safer and make traffic information more readily available to the public.” “The greatest benefit of a statewide ITS system is the improvements this will make in our statewide evacuation routes,” said Graham. “In the event of hurricanes or other disasters this will help South Carolinians escape danger and deliver their families to safe locations.”