Parsons Corporation’s (NYSE: PSN) Reversible Lanes Intelligent Transportation System and Traffic Information Management Project for Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has been recognized with a 2019 Global Roads Achievement Award from the International Road Federation. The project is Georgia’s first implementation of reversible tolled express lanes ‒ implemented on Atlanta’s I‑75 South Metro and Northwest Corridor roadways.
Parsons was involved in all aspects of the new reversible lanes. In addition to providing technology to re-use and expand GDOT’s advanced transportation management system (ATMS) along 42 miles of new highway infrastructure, the corporation’s traffic incident management experts trained thousands of roadway and emergency responders. The company also served as lead designer for the extensive civil engineering.
“We’re proud to have continuously delivered intelligent transportation system solutions to Atlanta since our partnership began during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics,” said Donald Graul, connected communities market leader for Parsons. “This project exemplifies how Parsons’ technology can improve mobility of the traveling public, increase their safety and reduce the region’s carbon footprint.”
Because of the project’s success, GDOT reported that morning rush hour congestion now forms an hour later and clears an hour sooner, speeds in the general-purpose lanes are 10-15 mph faster, speeds in the express lanes are 30 percent faster than the general purpose lanes, and more than six million express lane trips have been registered over the past year.
The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project was recently honored by the Design-Build Institute of America with a National Award of Excellence in Transportation, and it also received the People’s Choice Award in the 2019 America’s Transportation Awards. Learn more about how Parsons and GDOT leverage ATMS solutions to improve commutes and drive innovation in Atlanta by watching this video.