City of Arlington Puts Technology to Work to Notify Drivers About Road Construction
By Susan Schrock, Office of Communication
Posted on May 26, 2021, May 26, 2021


The City of Arlington is putting technology to work in a new way to make traveling through The American Dream City easier and safer.

Through a partnership with Buyers Barricades, Arlington is the first city in Texas to implement Wanco’s Connected Arrow Boards, which do more than signal to approaching drivers whether to move over to the left or right for lane closures. These electronic boards also have the ability to transmit an alert directly to the Waze app, providing drivers who use the app advance notice of lane mergers ahead that could affect their commute. The alert appears as a construction hat icon in the app that the app users can tap on for more information at a glance. 

The City of Arlington has participated in a data-sharing partnership with Waze since 2017. The Waze for Cities Program provides a look at real-time road activity, allowing Arlington to harness real-time driver insights to improve congestion and make better informed planning decisions. As part of the partnership, Arlington also provides construction, crash and road closure data to Waze to give drivers awareness of the most current road conditions.

“We already rely on Waze as a tool to help drivers navigate construction and avoid congestion as they travel through our city. These Connected Arrow Boards will help us get information to drivers who use the app even more efficiently,” interim City Traffic Engineer Daniel Burnham said. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Buyers Barricades and be the first city in the state to implement this evolving technology.”

Drivers can download Waze for free at for iOS and Android and see real-time traffic, find optimal routes, avoid road closures and more.

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