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Project 1.5
Concept of Operations for DMS Deployment on I-94 Eastbound in North Dakota and I-94 Westbound in Minnesota

Project 1.5 coordinated efforts with Project 1.8 Develop a Communications Plan for the Anti-Icing System to be installed on the I-94 Bridge at Red River. Meeting information for Project 1.5 and Project 1.8 is housed on this page.

The original purpose of North/West Passage Project 1.5 Preliminary Design for DMS Deployment on I-94 Eastbound in North Dakota was to install a DMS to provide traveler information to travelers eastbound on I-94, as they approach the North Dakota/Minnesota border. The focus of Project 1.5 was to develop a preliminary design, including communication links to stakeholders responsible for system operations for deploying a DMS on I-94 eastbound to complement a DMS being installed I-94 westbound by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) near the border.

The objective of Project 1.8 was to develop the communication plans associated with the development and deployment of automated anti-icing technology on the I-94 bridge over the Red River. The Red River bridge has a potential for many vehicle accidents due to traffic congestion on the bridge, "black ice" formation due to freezing vehicle exhaust moisture on the bridge surface, and unique meteorological conditions at the bridge. The automated anti-icing project is intended for the purpose of prolonging life expectancies of bridge structures, and to greatly reduce the number of vehicle accidents on the bridge and related property damages and threats to public health and safety and further demonstrate the technical, operational, and economic feasibility of fully automated bridge anti-icing technology.

The kick-off meeting for North/West Passage Project 1.8 Develop a Communications Plan for the Anti-Icing System to be Installed on the I-94 Bridge at Red River was scheduled before work on Project 1.5 was started. Due to location of the proposed DMS in Project 1.5 (eastbound prior to the Red River Bridge) it was agreed at the kick-off meeting to coordinate project efforts.

The anti-icing system and DMS communication plan was completed, however after considerable discussion it was agreed that the DMS communication would not be included in the Request for Proposals (RFP) for deployment of the anti-icing system and would be addressed separately.

During the planning of Project 1.5, Amber Alert Grand Funds became available and North Dakota DOT decided to use these funds to deploy DMS statewide and include the planned DMS along I-94 eastbound near the North Dakota/Minnesota border in the statewide DMS plan. Therefore, only one RFP needed be developed for deploying all of the DMS in North Dakota.

As a result of these revisions, the Project 1.5 Work Team agreed to shift the focus of the project from preliminary design of the DMS to developing a Concept of Operations for DMS deployment on I-94 eastbound in North Dakota and I-94 westbound in Minnesota. The title was revised to Project 1.5 Concept of Operations for DMS Deployment on I-94 Eastbound in North Dakota and I-94 Westbound in Minnesota. The plan was for the Concept of Operations document to serve as a reference as North Dakota and Minnesota develop system requirements, design, deployment, operations, and maintenance for the DMS on each side of the border.

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