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In Houston, Measure to Avoid Evacuation Logjam

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 01:50 PM

(Houston -- KUHF) Hurricane season begins tomorrow, and it's on the minds of the Gulf Coast residents.

In 2005, millions of  Houstonians evacuated their homes during Rita, and  created a 30-mile traffic jam from downtown Houston along I-45 North.

"During the Rita experience, a lot of us were blind, we didn't know what was going out there," says Mike Vickch, webmaster for TranStar, which partnered with four government agencies to develop a solution.

Officials say new technology means a Rita-style jam won't happen again.

"This technology just enables traffic management personnel and the general public to know what's happening on the roadways during an evacuation or everyday," Vickch says.

Get the whole story over at KUHF News.

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