The city of Tigard has received funding for its 99W Active Corridor Management project through the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Operations Innovation and Demonstration Program, which provides funding for projects that reduce congestion or improve freight mobility.
ODOT provided $586,000 for the $7.17 million project, which will install new 2070 controllers and Voyage software at 21 intersections on 99W in Tigard between Interstate 5 and Southwest Durham Road. The project will use lower-cost signal control software to improve congestion along 99W.
Washington County also received $480,000 from ODOT to install a $7.65 million adaptive signal control on Tualatin-Sherwood Road, a key connection between 99W and I-5.
Posted by Jon Meusch
The State of Wyoming is in the midst of deploying an automated freeway closure system along 10 miles of Interstate I-25. The system will allow remote control of gates and flashers and will enhance the state’s ability to initiate and terminate freeway closures.
Northwest Signal Supply (NWS) manufactured 22 ITS cabinets for three separate construction contracts. The cabinet assemblies consisted of a 332 cabinet (made by NWS), power and communication/control panels, and battery back-up equipment. NWS integrated and tested the equipment to Wyoming DOT specifications.
Installation of the ITS cabinets was performed by Modern Electric, an established and respected electrical contractor in the State of Wyoming.
Posted by Rod Forrester
The City of Portland is in the midst of installing a major improvement to its light rail train system. The Portland Mall Project will allow the trains to make a loop through the downtown core and will increase capacity for the growing rail network.
Northwest Signal Supply (NWS) had a large role as a vendor for this important project. Among the components that we manufactured and supplied were decorative aluminum housings for the vehicle signals, pedestrian signals and signs. Over $600,000 US worth of housings were sold.
An important design detail of the housings was that they had to accommodate normal mounting hardware used in the signal industry. For example, the pedestrian signals were required to mount to poles using standard “clam shells” and the housings had to be removable without interrupting the operation of the signals. Our engineering staff worked closely with architects to satisfy these functional requirements while at the same time creating the right “look”.
NWS also produced all of the catenary poles and traffic signal poles for the project. Our Voyage 2070 software was selected for the complex task of controlling light rail trains, motor vehicles and pedestrians at the signalized intersections. The installation of all of this equipment was performed by Tice Electric, a leading electrical contractor in the City of Portland.
Posted by Brian Morton
Northwest Signal Supply (NWS) recently reinforced its reputation for manufacturing high quality steel poles. Passing the rigorous scrutiny of inspectors from AISC and are now a certified steel fabricator.
The AISC certification process verified that our organizational structure and manufacturing processes are appropriate to guarantee high quality products. The AISC team reviewed NWSs’ training practices, our welding procedures, our fabrication methods, our documentation and our record keeping. Further, they sent a welding expert to our plant to review our shop layout and equipment and to observe our fabricators at work. The end result is the achievement of a credential that we are well qualified to hold.
The requirement for AISC certification is becoming commonplace in the Standard Specifications for Departments of Transportation. California requires this certification of their pole manufacturers.
Posted by Daniel Emslie