The District Six Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) Office expanded the Monroe County Traffic Signal System (MCTSS) with the commencement of operations and maintenance of the traffic signals along the State Highway System in the City of Key West.
System operations began July 1st on 17 signalized intersections, 5 High-Intensity Activated Crosswalks (HAWKs) and one emergency signal for an area that spans approximately 4.4 miles along US 1. This expansion brings the MCTSS to a total of 34 signalized intersections since FDOT took over operations in 2018 after several municipalities opted out of their Traffic Signal Maintenance and Compensation Agreement with FDOT. The District built upon its existing efforts in the county and customized its plan to meet the signal needs for the City of Key West. It worked for more than a year on this transition and met with area stakeholders to develop an operational continuity plan that ensured zero down time for drivers. The District improved the city’s traffic signal infrastructure to meet today’s standards. It added wireless routers, upgraded traffic signal controllers, added a backup power supply system at each traffic signal and retrofitted the traffic signal cabinet doors for easier police access. The District also established new procedures and upgraded arterial management software to allow for remote management from the SunGuide Transportation Management Center (TMC). The District created a post-launch plan that includes team meetings, field visits and monitoring. It will continue working with local stakeholders to provide the area with a collaborative approach that meets the current and future traffic needs.