What: Media conference on installation of STREETSMART traffic technology donated to the City of Knoxville by GRIDSMART
When: 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Where: Intersection of Kingston Pike and Northshore Drive (southeast corner of intersection)
Who: Mayor Madeline Rogero and GRIDSMART CEO Bill Malkes
Mayor Rogero and GRIDSMART CEO Bill Malkes will ride a bucket truck to the top of a traffic signal pole at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Northshore Drive to finalize new traffic management infrastructure for one of Knoxville’s most heavily trafficked areas.
The infrastructure includes the first official deployment of the company’s new STREETSMART Wi-Fi traffic-time collection devices that will give traffic managers the ability to study and reduce congestion from West Town Mall to Bearden Hill. The technology will provide traffic managers immediate feedback, allowing them to modify traffic signal timing and post warnings as congestion builds.
In addition to reducing congestion, the STREETSMART installation will become a critical piece of traffic infrastructure as Knoxville considers whether to become a testbed for connected and autonomous vehicle/Smart City technologies. Mayor Rogero met with transportation leaders late last year to research the possibility and is continuing her due diligence.