As wireless telecommunications expand their coverage and functionality, their role in transportation has become increasingly prevalent. In some instances, public agencies are installing towers for their own communications needs; in other instances, they are partnering with the private sector. Partnering can benefit transportation agencies and the public by:
- Increasing agency revenue for ITS procurement and other transportation needs;
- Supporting ITS deployment;
- Improving telecommunications coverage for the traveling public; and
- Enhancing rapid emergency/incident detection and response.
Regardless of whether wireless telecommunications infrastructure is developed along highway right-of-ways by the private sector through a shared resources arrangement or by the public sector for its own communication needs, there are numerous issues that needed to be considered and addressed to ensure the appropriate siting of wireless infrastructure. The reference guide that results from this research effort summarizes the important information in a practical, easy-to-use format.
This project allowed decision-makers to effectively address wireless tower siting issues, including:
- Tower/site dimensions
- RF emissions
Project Duration: 1997 – 1999