District Two’s TSM&O program manages traffic operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in eighteen counties, Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, and Union, offering Real-time Incident Management, Express Lanes, Signal Timing, Work Zone Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) and Emergency Evacuations.
- District Two’s TSM&O Program manages and monitors traffic operations 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for 18 counties in Northeast Florida.
- FDOT prioritizes roadway safety which is why managing traffic is an essential service. At the RTMC, there are staff monitoring traffic at all times, working to resolve traffic related issues associated with incidents that may arise, and working towards improving mobility. With our stated goal of moving people and goods safely and in a timely fashion, covered interstates in the Northeast Florida and North Central Florida areas include all of I-10, I-95, I-75 and I-295 as well as Arterial Routes of Significance in Duval County. RTMC Operators monitor the
- Should a traffic incident occur, operators and staff coordinate clearance efforts as efficiently as possible. Some of the response procedures used in these instances are dispatching Road Rangers and designated first responders, monitoring of event on CCTV, posting travel alerts on DMS signs and the FL511 system, as well as implementing special signal timing plans if detours onto arterials become necessary.
- At District Two’s RTMC there are specially trained operators that manage the Express Lanes on the I-295 West Beltway.
- Express lanes provide travel choices, offer predictable travel times, help manage traffic congestion, reduce fuel consumption, decrease air pollution, and support transit usage. The I-295 West Beltway Express Lanes consists of 4 centerline miles of Express Lanes (2 lanes in each direction of travel) along the southwest quadrant of I-295.
- Motorists using the express lanes pay tolls based on time of day. The toll prices are posted by operators on Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) to inform drivers of the current toll amount. Motorists must purchase a SunPass or other recognized transponder to use the express lanes. Toll-by-plate and cash are not accepted.
Work Zone Maintenance of Traffic (MOT)
- Work Zone Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) occurs throughout the duration of a construction project, temporary road closure, designated detours, etc. MOT manages traffic in these situations by installing proper safety devices and signages, providing access to residences or businesses in the area, marking pavement, or any other special or safety procedures required for the project. When these events occur this information is relayed to the RTMC. Through the use of CCTV operators can verify the lane closures, detours, etc at the project site. An event is then created through which messages are posted on the Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) informing the traveling public of this activity which increases safety for both the motorists and those on site working on the project. Additionally, an alert is posted to FL511.com/FL511 app informing those with accounts of the activity allowing them to chose a potential alternate.
- In the case of an Emergency Evacuation, District Two has procedures to manage and control traffic. The priority in these cases is to get as many people evacuated as safely and quickly as possible, which requires special traffic management techniques. Some of these methods include using the shoulder (Emergency Shoulder Use-ESU) as an additional driving lane, monitoring of wind speeds on bridges utilizing RWIS (Road Weather Information System), implement special signal timing plans and post pertinent information on ADMS (Arterial Dynamic Message Signs), DDMS (Detour Dynamic Message Signs) and DMS (Dynamic Message Signs), etc.
- The Regional Arterial Management Program (RAMP) proactively manages Arterial State Roads to help regulate traffic signal timing, alleviate traffic congestion and manage traffic incidents. Our RTMC operators gather and then disseminate this information to the motoring public. Additionally, RTMC operators monitor the ATMS.now signal systems, on behalf of Duval County and the City of Gainesville. RAMP continues to set the benchmark for travel time reliability with efficient movement of motorists, goods, and services throughout the First Coast District 2. These roadways include, but are not limited to, Atlantic Boulevard, Beach Boulevard, Blanding Boulevard, San Jose Boulevard and Philips Highway in Duval County, as well as roadways in St. Johns, Clay, Alachua and Columbia counties.