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U.S. Department of Transportation awards $2.75 mil to rural NE integrated corridor management

Posted at 3:13 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 16:15:35-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) awarded the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) a $2.75 million grant on Monday.

Called the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment grant, the money will aid in Nebraska's Multi-State Integrated Corridor Management project. NDOT is using the funds to demonstrate the "full-scale application of information and communication management technologies and regional data-sharing to improve safety and mobility on Interstate 80 along more than one thousand miles," a press release from the U.S. Department of Transportation says.

“These highly innovative projects offer high-tech solutions to relieve congestion and improve safety and efficiency on the nation’s highways,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao in the press release.

This section of Interstate 80 spans across three states -- Utah, Nebraska and Wyoming.

“These technological tools are helping to support a transportation system that is equipped for the future,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson in the press release.

The program funds the early stages of cutting-edge technologies that could serve as a national model to inspire better travel for commuters and businesses.

Ten projects have been funded by the program this year, leading the way for "connected and autonomous vehicles and congestion-relieving traffic management systems."