December 31, 2012

State DOT changing dispatch in Essex County


He said a radio watch will still be maintained at Elizabethtown, just not 24 hours a day.

“With radio watch being transferred to our TMC, I have kind of modified it to my own variation. Whenever we are in, no matter what, I will have somebody on a radio and at the phone in Elizabethtown.”

Supervisor Michael Marnell (R-Schroon) said he used to rely on the radio watch when he was highway superintendent for Schroon.

“I know when I was the superintendent of highways, when Severance (DOT shop) got called, they called me and it made my life a lot easier knowing that I didn’t have to go out every hour and a half to see what was going on. It is going to be a hardship (without it).”

They already have to call the TMC when there’s any kind of problem on the roads, Fayette said.

“Anything that happens on any state highway, be it accidents, road closures or you name it, I and my staff are required to notify our TMC and it goes out on the statewide 511 (website); you can look at a map of New York state and see road conditions and road closures.”

The site is at:

The Transportation Management Centers’ stated purpose is linking things like variable-message signs, closed-circuit traffic cameras, and highway advisory radio systems; coordinating operations within the DOT and with other agencies; and providing real-time information to the public and the media on incidents, emergencies and congestion. They assist in monitoring real-time conditions on the transportation system statewide, identifying incidents and congestion, and managing the network.

Fayette has furnished municipalities with a color-coded map of DOT supervisors’ cell phone numbers to try to minimize notification delays.

Supervisor George Canon (R-Newcomb) said they will start calling DOT personnel direct on road conditions.

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