Tolling and mobility technology provider A-to-Be has been selected by Parkersburg Bridge Partners (PBP), a subsidiary of United Bridge Partners (UBP), to provide a new toll-collection system for Memorial Bridge in Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA.
Memorial Bridge is a 2,554ft-long (778.5m) steel truss bridge that crosses the Ohio River, connecting the US states of West Virginia and Ohio and providing an alternative to US Route 50 for approximately 11,500 vehicles per day.
Memorial Bridge first opened to traffic in 1955 and has been tolled since. It is currently undergoing a renovation designed to extend the life of the bridge by approximately 50 years, to make a variety of environmental and aesthetic improvements, and to remove current weight limits on the bridge, which will enable heavier commercial and freight vehicles to use the bridge.
As part of the project, Memorial Bridge will see its existing manual toll-collection system replaced with an all-electronic tolling system from A-to-Be.
The solution, LinkBeyond ORT, is an open-road toll collection system that uses volumetric classification, comprising a toll zone controller subsystem and cloud-based, multipurpose toll facility host.
It includes A-to-Be Reporting, A-to-Be DVAS, a digital video audit system, and A-to-Be MOMS maintenance online management system.
The system is expected to go live this year and A-to-Be will provide maintenance support for up to 10 years following system acceptance.
“A-to-Be has been a reliable, responsive partner on other projects with United Bridge Partners, and we look forward to continuing our work together in Parkersburg,” said Terry Velligan, general manager, Parkersburg Bridge Partners.
“We are committed to providing enhanced transportation experiences, and using cutting-edge technology is essential for helping us transform Memorial Bridge into a consistent and reliable route that saves drivers time, miles, and fuel.”
The contract marks A-to-Be’s third project with UBP and its subsidiaries.
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