U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $5 Million to Alabama’s PROACT Project
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today awarded a $5 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Alabama Department of Transportation for the Proactive Route Operations to Avert Congestion in Traffic (PROACT) Alabama project. The grant will help Alabama deploy and integrate advanced traffic technologies that support critical transportation communication networks.
FHWA’s ATCMTD program this year awarded grants valued at $45.2 million to 10 projects using advanced intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies that will improve mobility and safety, provide multimodal transportation options and support underserved communities.
“With these grants, the Biden-Harris Administration is helping communities deliver modern transportation systems that connect people to where they want to go more affordably, efficiently, and safely,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We’re pleased to support these innovative solutions that will improve driving and public transit for Americans in urban, suburban, and rural areas alike.”
Alabama DOT’s PROACT project will deploy and integrate advanced traffic technologies and decision support tools to improve the management and operation of a segment of I-65 and associated nearby diversion routes in and around Cullman, Alabama. These technologies will include advanced road weather tools, technologies and signal management systems.
“ATCMTD grants promote innovations that help expand access to transportation for communities in rural areas and cities alike, improve connectivity, and prepare America’s transportation systems for the future,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “Alabama’s project will use advanced technologies to improve highway operations and facilitate access to jobs, healthcare, education and other important services in Alabama.”
The FHWA’s ATCMTD program funds early deployments of forward-looking technologies that can serve as national models. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) continues the ATCMTD from 2022 through 2026 at the same level of funding with a greater focus on rural transportation, transit, paratransit and protecting the environment. BIL adds several new eligible activities such as advanced transportation technologies to improve emergency evacuation and response by federal, state and local authorities, integrated corridor management systems, advanced parking reservation or variable pricing systems and technologies that enhance congestion pricing and automated vehicle communications.