City of El Paso Traffic Management Center Relocation
Managing a fastball and curveball at the same time, Walter P Moore and the City of El Paso relied heavily on teamwork to deliver a home run when relocating the City’s Traffic Management Center.
The City of El Paso Traffic Management Center (TMC) is the heart of traffic operations for the 250 square mile metropolitan region, ensuring El Paso’s 700,000 citizens travel safely and efficiently. When the City of El Paso approved the construction of a new AAA baseball stadium for the El Paso Chihuahuas, the selected site needed to be cleared immediately of existing structures, namely City Hall, which housed the TMC.
In order for the City to continue to monitor and control traffic flow on the City’s freeways and surface streets, a new TMC had to be designed, along with the relocation of all City fiber optic systems coming into and out of the City’s IT Network Center, also located in City Hall. Selection of the site initiated a rapid design and deployment project to establish an interim TMC in just under two weeks—an almost impossible task, but one that earned the project recognition at the 2014 ITS (Intelligent Transportation Society of America) Texas Chapter’s annual conference. System downtime was unacceptable, requiring unique, multi-entity approved solutions to be achieved efficiently.