A stretch of I-90 through Lake and Ashtabula counties sits in the middle of the Lake Erie “Snow Belt,” a geographical area that receives significantly more snow than the rest of northeast Ohio. Driving on this part of I-90 can be particularly treacherous during whiteouts caused by lake-effect snow. Heavy snowfalls have caused numerous accidents, some involving as many as 50 cars.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is equipping 60 miles of I-90 with short-range digital communication units. It’s also going to test wireless technologies designed to send and receive data from those units as well as units on public service vehicles. The data, combined with new variable speed limit signs, will help local officials and law enforcement better manage the roadway to reduce crashes and fatalities.