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October 08 www. bus- ex. com 47 city can create enormous headaches. The DOT mobilized early to minimize the disruption that the closing caused. Drivers are alerted as far away as Ohio that the stretch of highway is closed in Detroit, with alternate routes suggested. Before work began, the DOT brought in consultants to run simulations on traffi c patterns that enabled engineers to see what the impact of each possible alternative would be. " We knew some of what we learned because our engineers are very smart and know the traffi c system. But they suggested some key mitigation measures we could make that are in place now and are working well," Judnic says. In fact, Judnic says the traffi c disruption has been minimal. An aggressive public communication and education effort is part of the reason for that, he says, and a slowing economy may have actually come at a good time by reducing traffi c overall. The DOT is also utilizing a real- time traffi c information system that collects data from sensors around the city, analyzes it and updates real- time traffi c signage to quickly suggest alternative routes in the event of an accident or other slowdown. " In this age, mobility is everything. People don't complain about barrels on the road. They just want to know how to get through them quickly," Judnic says. On the construction side, the project is being overseen by a team of as many as 70 technicians and engineers who are monitoring the work in the fi eld every day, ensuring that specifi cations are being followed, handling requests for information and ensuring the project remains on track for completion. To keep it all straight, the DOT has used a dedicated Website through which all questions and issues, updated shop drawings and other information moving between the owner and contractor fl ows. A site administrator fi elds all the information that comes into the site and helps Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber, Inc. ( FTC& H) offers a full- range of civil engineering services. We provide quality engineering and fi eld services for all phases of transportation design and construction. Our experience working on road and bridge projects with local, county, and state agencies provides our clients with effi cient, cost- effective, and timely solutions. FTC& H Michigan DOT: Gateway Project Parsons Brinckerhoff ( PB) is a global leader in planning, engineering, strategic consulting, program/ construction management and operations & maintenance for transportation and other infrastructure projects. The fi rm's projects include transit systems, highways, airports, ports, buildings, power/ energy, water/ wastewater and community development. Founded in 1885, the fi rm is employee- owned, with a staff of 12,500 in 150 offi ces worldwide. Parsons Brinckerhoff