San Antonio’s district engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) recently gave an update on the department’s traffic incident management project, which includes a proposal for a $3.5 million a year safety service patrol program for the state’s highways.
Mario Jorge spoke to members of the San Antonio Chamber’s Transportation Committee regarding the San Antonio Traffic Incident Management Project (TIM), a task force that was formed last year to improve safety and efficiency regarding traffic incidents.
As a result of a study done by the TIM, TXDOT is proposing a safety patrol service consisting of 40 vehicles to patrol 210 miles of highway and offer incident management assistance. The program is similar to one that was implemented in Austin.
Jorge also presented information from the TIM’s study which found that traffic incidents accounted for 25 percent of metro area traffic congestion and resulted in nine deaths caused by disabled vehicles on the highways. According to the study, the San Antonio area experienced 26 fatal crashes so far this year.
The study concluded that freeway traffic incidents are directly related to issues such as air quality, personal safety and the transferring of goods and people. Jorge said that with the projected growth of San Antonio comes a strong need for traffic incident management.