The Texas Department of Transportation has selected Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS Inc. to deliver and execute an integrated “incident detection system” (IDS) for the Washburn Tunnel in Houston.
Completed in 1950, the Washburn Tunnel is the South’s largest and first toll-free vehicular tunnel connecting the Houston suburbs of Galena Park and Pasadena. The two-lane tunnel spans 3,791 foot. and travels north-south underneath the Houston Ship Channel. It is the only underwater vehicle tunnel in operation in Texas.
Kapsch is to oversee the installation, commissioning, training and maintenance required to support 14 fixed roadway cameras for bidirectional traffic in the vehicular tunnel and up to six infrared detection cameras in the ventilation tunnel.
The system being deployed—the Kapsch IDS 2.0—is to provide the operators of the tunnel with 24/7 surveillance while minimizing operational expenses otherwise necessary to continuously monitor traffic. The Kapsch IDS 2.0 provides an innovation-driven solution for processing video stream from existing cameras that are relevant for automatic incident detection, traffic data gathering, and movement detection.
“Incident detection in tunnels and on the open road is critical to maintaining traffic flow and keeping drivers safe,” said Chris Murray, Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS’ president and CEO.
“We look forward to working with Kapsch TrafficCom on the first tunnel IDS installation in the state of Texas and providing our drivers with an even safer and reliable passage under the Houston Ship Channel,” said Craig Spivey, Harris County Engineering’s special projects technician.