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Ceremony Celebrates Opening of Springfield's Transportation Management Center

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On Wednesday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new Transporation Management Center. The center will be a hub for controlling traffic flow by monitoring cameras along the city’s roadways. The event was hosted by the City of Springfield and the Missouri Department of Transportation at the Springfield Public Works Operations Center on West Chestnut. KSMU’s Mike Donnelly reports.

[Sound: People talking]

In development since 2003, the center was finally opened for public viewing. Several officials were on hand to speak on behalf of the groups. Jim Anderson is the president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I will tell you what you see today, and what already you see in existence, is the best of the best in terms of transportation management centers,” Anderson says..The total cost of the project was $3.2 million. $1.5 million came from earmarked federal funds, and the other half came from various state and city funds.

Adam Humphrey is the traffic operations engineer for the project.

“When we see unexpected traffic delays or events on our roadways, we have the ability to remotely make changes to our signal systems from here to help mitigate that congestion, to make sure traffic continues to move around those lane blocks, lane closings, any type of traffic accidents or incidents that occur,” Humphrey says.

Humphrey explains how the information being housed in the building affected its actual design.

“We had to make sure that, when we constructed the building, it was set up such that anyone from a city office could come in here, bring their work station with them, plug in, and be up and running in the building,” Humphrey says.

The computer networks are connected with the MoDOT and City of Springfield information databases, which also allow police, fire, and emergency management officials to gain access to them.

For KSMU News, I’m Mike Donnelly.