Updated By: Natalie Rubino
May 7, 2014, 7pm
Drivers traveling westbound on I-10 Thursday morning may want to take a detour.
The outside lane by mile marker 203 will be closed from 9am until 11am.
"The Florida Department of Transportation will be doing some repairs to some of our traffic detection devices out there on I-10," Ian Satter, an FDOT Spokesperson said.
They're updating License Plate Readers.
What are License Plate Readers?
They take three or four digits from your license plate and measure how long it takes you to get from point A to point B.
They're making repairs to License Plate Readers.
"Through that we can determine travel times and alert people on I-10 on the travel times driving ahead on our dynamic message boards," Satter said.
We don't know what these devices look like but the DOT insists the license plate information is only used to improve driving conditions.
"We don't store any of that information. We don't use any of that information for any sort of ticketing or any sort of fines. It's strictly a tool that we use to help facilitate traffic," Satter added.
If the DOT notices unusual traffic times from the data it's able to make changes to help improve the traffic.
"Maybe we have a disabled vehicle on the side of the road or there's something that's laying in the road that's causing delays. It allows us to send people out and take a look at the situation," Satter said.
There are five FDOT License Plate Readers in Leon County.
They are located at exits 192, 196, 199, 203 and 209.
Updated By: Natalie Rubino
May 7, 2014, 5pm
You'll notice some minor road work along a portion of I-10 in Tallahassee tomorrow.
The work will help make travel time estimates more accurate.
Have you ever seen the travel time estimates on the Interstate? Have you ever wondered how they get that information?
The license plate reader takes a picture of your license plate at "Point A", and then takes another picture at "Point B". The reader only uses the three middle digits of your license plate. The readers then calculate the time it took for your vehicle to get from Point A to Point B.
License plate readers are also used for the DOT to make improvements to travel time.
News Release: Department of Transportation
Chipley - The westbound outside lane of Interstate 10 (I-10) in Tallahassee will be closed Thursday, May 8 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Mile Marker 203 while crews upgrade existing license plate readers. The eastbound outside lane will close from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to complete the license plate reader upgrade.
All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or re-scheduled in event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to pay attention to the speed limit when traveling through the construction area, and to use caution, when driving in work zones.
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