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Case Study: ITS Solar Application

Oregon DOT Selects Solar School Zone Flashers for Rural School

Madras Elementary School is located in Madras, Oregon. The school is located on Highway 97, an exceptionally busy highway that runs through the middle of town.

A recent change in state law required that the Department of Transportation select between reducing the speed limit in front of the school 24 hours per day, deploying a confusing array of signs specifying when school zone speeds were in effect or signs stating the reduced speed limit “when lights flashing”.

Permanently reducing the speed limit on the highway was not realistic, and the state rejected the sign array. The flashing beacons seemed to be the best option, but the price of running power to the locations was prohibitive. Ultimately, the Oregon DOT decided that two of Carmanah’s R829 Solar Powered School Zone Flashers were the perfect solution.

Other than the low costs of installation relative to hardwired systems, another key reason for selecting the R829 was the simple, integrated design. Other manufacturers of solar products produce complicated kits requiring large panels, cabinets full of batteries, separate timers, and other complicated gear that must be configured. Carmanah’s suite of power management and solar power patents facilitates much more sophisticated - yet simple to use solutions.

For reference contact information regarding this installation, call Carmanah’s Roadway Lighting Division toll-free at 1-877-722-8877 or info@roadlights.com.

For all communications, networking and intelligent traffic systems (ITS) products in Virginia contact Washington by email at Zach L. Hoiting,ZHoiting@WesternSystems-Inc.com or by calling 425-438-1133.

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