AUSTIN — For years, Texas has led the nation in wrong-way crashes. However, some new technology to prevent this from happening is coming to one Central Texas road.
SH 45 SW will connect MoPac to FM 1626, near the Travis-Hays county line. This week, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority approved a plan to install a wrong-way detection and notification system. It'll start with new signs that can show drivers if they're going the wrong way. The signs will detect a driver going the wrong way and flash red lights to alert them. If the driver doesn't stop, the technology will then send an alert to the police, including pictures of the car that's driving the wrong way.
Dynamic TxDOT message signs will alert drivers down the road. The groups behind this initiative are also testing technology that could put an alert into your car if it's equipped with internet access.
The system will cost nearly $500,000 to install. Since this is a pilot project, if it goes well, it may be expanded to other roads. SH 45 SW is set to open next year.