ITS Phase One-FHWA
- Lead department: Community Development
- Project manager: William Scott
- Funding: The ITS project is funded with $750,000 in FHWA funds and a local match from impact fees. A second phase of the project is funded through a separate grant listed on this website.
The Town of Salem, New Hampshire, is a major retail center serving southern New Hampshire and the Merrimack Valley region of northern Massachusetts. Accompanying strong commercial and residential development over the past several years has been increasing travel demand along the Interstate 93 (I-93) corridor, including Salem’s north-south parallel commercial corridor, N.H. Route 28. Route 28 has experienced over 2% annual traffic growth, accompanied by significant traffic surges during weather emergencies, traffic incidents, and peak shopping periods. Route 28 also has several underperforming intersections that interfere with the timely delivery of public safety and emergency response services. Conventional opportunities for arterial infrastructure expansion are limited for several reasons, including: the capital expense of conventional infrastructure expansion; the difficulty of obtaining right-of-way, and various environmental and community considerations. Furthermore, a major widening project planned for Interstate 93 is expected to divert even more traffic onto Route 28 over the multi-year construction project. All of these factors contribute to the need for more safe, secure, and efficient use of existing transportation infrastructure. Accordingly, the Town of Salem has developed the Route 28 Corridor Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Project, described herein, most pressing transportation system and emergency management needs. This project has involved a collaborative effort involving multiple Town departments, local police and fire departments and coordination; numerous New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) efforts, including: Statewide ITS Architecture and Strategic Plan development; the I-93 Reconstruction; and the development of the I-93 Traffic Incident Management Plan (TIMP). The Massachusetts Highway Department has also been consulted on issues related to cross-border traffic management. The overall ITS project will integrate coordinated traffic signal control, video traffic monitoring, emergency and incident response support, and communications to allow local, state, and regional agencies to better manage the transportation network in a seamless fashion. Design emphasis has been placed on making the project scalable and expandable, thereby facilitating geographic expansion and greater interoperability in the future.
Associated links and files
ITS_May_8th final ver 2.pdf
ITS BASELINE FINDINGS 2005.pdf
ITS BOS PRESENT AUG 13 2012.pdf
ITS FUNDING PLAN.pdf
Salem ITS Equip and Software List EECBG OEP.pdf
ITS PRESENT TO INCIDENT MANAGEMENT MAY 2010.pdf
ITS MASTER PLAN SALEM 2004.pdf