Dubuque Project Awarded $2 Million Grant to Develop Real-Time Transportation Information System

US Senator Charles Grassley has announced that the City of Dubuque and East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) have been awarded a $2 million federal grant to further the goals of the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Program.

The new funding will help Dubuque develop an open “Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything” (C-V2X) interface. This technology passes along near-real time transportation information directly to connected vehicles. CV2X can be used to detect obscured hazards, alert drivers to potential collision trajectories, and reduce traffic congestion. C-V2X uses existing mobile networks to enable vehicles to communicate directly with other vehicles, roadside infrastructure, and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Local, regional, and state transportation data is not currently being combined or standardized into a format usable by connected vehicles. The C-V2X interface will combine data from the City of Dubuque, Dubuque County, additional nearby communities, and the state departments of transportation in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

This SMART project is the next phase of Dubuque’s Smart Traffic Routing with Efficient and Effective Traffic Signals (STREETS) project to develop a smart, next-generation, traffic management and control system. This system will use traffic-control strategies to enable dynamic traffic routing on 10 city corridors to maximize the use of existing roadway capacities in the Dubuque metro area.

“Having real-time transportation information will make our roads safer and more efficient. I applaud the city of Dubuque for its work to upgrade local transportation options and services,” Grassley said. “I’m glad to see the bipartisan infrastructure law continue to benefit Iowa communities and support their modernization initiatives.”

The funding comes from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and will be administered through Dubuque’s existing SMART Program.

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