By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 5, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida Department of Transportation is working to install new signs along some of the state's major thoroughfares.
The signs feature automated Truck Parking Availability Systems (TPAS), which allow truck drivers to see exactly how many spaces are available at rest areas and weigh stations before they arrive. The system relies on sensors embedded in the pavement beneath the truck parking spaces to determine the number of vacancies.
The new digital signs are being constructed along Interstate 75 and Interstate 10 in the Florida Panhandle.
January 10, 2019
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- A fatal crash on I-75 last week has a lot of people thinking about how to drive more safely, including semi-truck drivers.
A new state project could help make the interstate safer for everyone. Work for the $3.7 million project is expected to start next week and it will allow truck drivers to see if there is space for them at the next public rest stop.
The Florida Department of Transportation is revealing studies that show some truck drivers resort to unsafe parking along the interstate when space is not available.
"They'll get to a rest area and if there's no parking, they'll just pull off to the side of the road,” Troy Roberts, a spokesperson for FDOT, said.
"To let them know if there are parking spots available and if not, they can move on to the next one that does have available parking,” Roberts added.
The Truck Parking Availability System will also be installed at welcome centers and weigh stations. The Department of Transportation is expecting to complete the project by fall.