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ALDOT Traffic Management Center gears up for spring and summertime traffic surge

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ALDOT employees work around the clock, including weekends, to ensure efficient traffic management during peak seasonal activities
May 08

The Alabama Department of Transportation Southwest Region is making strategic moves in preparation for the upcoming spring and summer traffic surge, with the department’s Traffic Management Center (TMC) shifting to spring and summertime monitoring status. This annual transition, which occurs each mid-spring, involves deploying additional staff around the clock, including weekends, to ensure efficient traffic management during peak seasonal activities.

The shift in traffic monitoring is a proactive response to the anticipated increase in vehicle numbers as numerous outdoor events and tourist activities kick off along Alabama’s coastline. This includes the highly anticipated Hangout Music Festival in Baldwin County, travel ball sports events, and a surge in tourism activities from Memorial Day to Labor Day, particularly at the area’s popular beaches.

ALDOT’s TMC, based in Mobile, plays a pivotal role in monitoring and managing traffic flow across the Southwest Region road network. With the transition to spring and summertime operations, the center will be equipped to promptly address traffic incidents, optimize signal timing, and provide real-time updates to motorists navigating busy highways and coastal routes.

“We recognize the importance of ensuring smooth traffic flow, especially during peak tourist seasons,” stated Southwest Region ALDOT spokesperson James Gordon. “Our dedicated team at the Traffic Management Center is ready to monitor road conditions 24/7 and respond swiftly to keep traffic moving efficiently.”

The additional staffing and extended monitoring hours will enable ALDOT to promptly address any traffic disruptions that could arise due to increased volumes associated with tourism events and beach-bound travelers.

As ALDOT gears up for the summer months, motorists can expect enhanced traffic monitoring and management efforts aimed at facilitating safe and smooth travel experiences.

During peak holiday weekends such as Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day weekends ALDOT employs standby wrecker service for the I-10 Bayway and tunnels. Portable variable message boards are strategically placed throughout I-10 and I-65 to help better direct travelers, provide travel times and accident notifications when needed.

The department encourages travelers to stay informed about road conditions and plan their journeys accordingly to make the most of their summer excursions along Alabama’s scenic coastal highways. Download the ALGO app or visit for real time traffic updates.