H3−3: Traveler Information Kiosks in Rest Areas – Work Zones
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) had a contractor install and maintain public information kiosks at the Interstate rest areas in Mississippi. The kiosks will provide the traveling public with information on construction activities, motel/hotel accommodations, service stations, restaurants, etc. MDOT will be connected to the kiosks via Internet and will have the ability to override the system to put emergency information (e.g. hurricane evacuation routes) directly into the systems.
REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:
MDOT adopted this practice to provide the traveling public with up to date travel information on work zone locations throughout the State−maintained highway system in addition to providing them with public service information.
This service will be provided free of charge. All persons who travel and use the rest areas in Mississippi can benefit by being more informed about highway conditions, laws, and services that are provided for those traveling through the State. However, the biggest benefit will be seen in an increase in safety. Motorists will have up−to−date information during times of emergencies such as hurricane evacuation of the coast.
MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):
The kiosk facilities are only being installed at rest areas where there is a 24−hour security guard on duty. There are approximately 12 rest areas of this type in the State.
STATE(S) WHERE UTILIZED:
Donna Lum, Public Affairs Director, Mississippi DOT
Telephone: (601) 359−7017