The San Mateo County Smart Corridors is an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) designed to improve mobility along Highway 101 corridor in San Mateo County. The project is located along predefined designated arterial routes, parallel to the US 101, connecting US 101 to El Camino Real including and not limited to SR 82 (El Camino Real) between I-380 and Santa Clara County line.
The Project enables the project stakeholders (Caltrans and cities) to implement traffic management strategies through the deployment of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) elements along state routes and major local streets.
The ITS elements to be implemented for the Smart Corridor Project include the following equipment and components:
Directional signs (trailblazers ), Fixed or pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV), Communications (conduit, fiber, copper, wireless, software, and associated equipment), Arterial changeable message signs (Arterial Dynamic Message Signs – ADMS), Vehicle detection systems, Center-to-center communications between San Mateo County Hub (SMCHub) and District 4 Traffic Management Center (D4TMC), and Power supply line and equipment.
The most current estimated cost of this project is $35M. This project will be implemented at no cost to the cities and the County
The project is sponsored by City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG). Over the last three years, C/CAG staff has been successful in competing with other counties to receive approval of approximately $30M of State grants for this project.
According to the Project Manager, Parviz Mokhtari, the design and environmental clearance have been completed and one contract for all the work on El Camino Real from Redwood City to Highway 380 has been awarded by Caltrans and the construction will begin in late July. A second contract for all the work on local roads will be awarded by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in August and construction will begin in October 2012.
The agency responsible for the Contract Administration of the local roads project is San Mateo County Department of Public Works (DPW). DPW created a website that will be updated regularly during construction. The DPW will notify every city before the contractor starts working there and will request that a designated member of the city staff attend the pre-construction meeting. The construction location and duration will be updated on the website and all cities will have access to the DPW website where they can see the contractors three weeks look ahead schedule.
This is an exciting project, and we are all looking forward to implementation and completion of it by the end of 2013.