Wrong-Way Driving Detection And Prevention System

Wrong-Way Driving Detection And Prevention System

Wrong Way signage along Central Florida Expressway

As part of our mission to ensure the safety of our customers, the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) began work on its Wrong-Way Driving Prevention Program in 2012 in partnership with the University of Central Florida. The program was broken out into three phases.

Phase 1 – Completed in May 2013, extensive research was conducted to determine the extent of the wrong-way driving problem and examine potential solutions. It was determined that no technology currently in use adequately addresses wrong-way driving. Texas had the best approach available.

Phase 2 – Completed in January 2016, Phase 2 included the development of technology to help detect wrong-way drivers and take appropriate action. During this phase:

  • Different technologies were evaluated.
  • The manufacturer added a confirmation camera.
  • Feasibility tests were conducted to determine the best technologies to implement.
  • Testing began in January 2015 at the State Road 528 / State Road 520 Interchange. Additional testing sites were added at the State Road 408 / Hiawassee Road Interchange and the State Road 408/Kirkman Road Interchange for a total of 5 WWD pilot locations. Data from the test sites will be collected for the duration of the study.
  • During the testing period, the system will be active and will alert the Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) if a wrong-way driver is detected.
  • RTMC has a standard procedure that includes notifications to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Phase 3 – CFX installed our first wrong-way driving detection system in 2015 at the State Road 528/State Road 520 Interchange. Currently we have 55 wrong-way driving detection systems deployed on ramps throughout our 125 mile expressway system and 10 detection systems installed on our mainline.

Beginning in February 2024, improvements and enhancements will be made to the existing wrong-way detection sites located on ramps to and from SR 408, SR 417 and SR 528. Work includes paving, sign and curb work, LED replacements, pavement messages and more. This work is scheduled to be completed in summer 2024.

To learn more, click here for the Fact Sheet.




Contact Information

Brian Hutchings
Manager of Communications

Phone: 407-690-5343
Email: Brian.Hutchings@CFXway.com

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