Ohio is the latest Midwest state to implement a truck parking information management system. Truckers can now find out how many truck parking spaces are available at public rest areas via digital highway signs, Ohio’s online traffic map or Ohio’s traffic app.
Ohio’s truck parking Information management system has launched on three major highways. Truckers can see parking availability on digital signs on the highways, at OHGO.com and on the OHGO app for Android and iOS phones. The system is available at nine locations.
- Licking County
- Madison County
- Belmont County
- Butler County
- Miami County
- Auglaize County
- Hancock County
- Wood County
The system should be up and running in January.
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According to an Ohio Department of Transportation news release, the system is expected to generate more than $403 million in benefits through the life of the project. It also will allow for fewer nonroutine maintenance repairs on highway shoulders and ramps due to illegal parking.
ODOT estimates the search for safe, convenient parking annually costs the country $4.4 billion and increases carbon dioxide emissions by 3.3 million tons.
Ohio’s truck parking information management system is part of a $25 million federal grant issued to eight Midwest states to address the issue of truck parking. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant seeks to implement a regional truck parking information management system where truckers will be provided with reliable, real-time information on parking availability.
Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin will all receive a portion of the TIGER grant. Each state will receive approximately $2 million to more than $3 million. All eight states will also contribute a 10 percent match of the deployment costs. Ohio received the largest share of the grant, $5.3 million. The state contributed another $787,000, bringing the total investment to $6.1 million.
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