July 27, 2007

Provincial and federal governments team up to make PEI transportation safer and more reliable

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – The government of Prince Edward Island and the government of Canada have announced they will invest up to $47,350 for the deployment and integration of intelligent transportation systems in the province. Each government will contribute up to $23,675 for projects beginning now through to September 30, 2008.

With the funding, PEI Transportation and Public Works will acquire and install up to ten electronic salt-spreader control systems, and add up to 35 infrared road temperature monitoring systems to the department’s winter road maintenance equipment. The equipment will help collect data to track fleet performance throughout the winter season, and will optimize winter road maintenance by providing a controlled, consistent application of road salt. The department will operate the system for three months, and evaluate it based on reduction in road salt, safety, and efficiency of highway maintenance operations.

The federal government’s contributions comes from the $600 million Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program, which dedicates $100 million for initiatives that better integrate the country’s transportation system, including $30 million for intelligent transportation systems.

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