Austrian transport systems provider Kapsch TrafficCom has been contracted to install a toll collection system at the Louisiana Highway (LA-1) in Louisiana, US.

The contract has been awarded by Plenary Infrastructure Group and the system will be implemented for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD).

Kapsch will install its advanced lane solution to upgrade the current tolling infrastructure, as well as delivering ‘back-off’ systems and services.

The company will also aim to streamline the infrastructure’s operations and maintenance.

Once implemented, the tolling system will feature a toll-by-plate programme and will work with the state’s existing GeauxPass transponder programme.

Implementation is scheduled to begin in 2023, followed by a 30-year technical and commercial operations period.

Kapsch North America president JB Kendrick said: “We look forward to the ongoing partnership with Plenary and LADOTD.

“These infrastructure and tolling system investments will provide modern facilities and operational efficiencies that can optimise the travel experience for Louisiana drivers.”

The project is an amendment to an earlier contract signed by Kapsch and Plenary. Under the earlier contract, Kapsch is installing an end-to-end all-electronic tolling system and other maintenance services for a major bridge and tunnel replacement in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

Plenary started working on the bridge and tunnel replacement last January.

Based in Vienna, Kapsch has branches in more than 25 countries.

The company, which currently employs around 4,660 people, generated revenues of around €500m ($608m) last year.

Earlier this month, Kapsch TrafficCom Colombia was chosen to provide intelligent transportation systems (ITS) for tunnels included in the Autopista al Mar I (Túneles del Occidente) project.

The Autopista al Mar I project will be carried out by Desarrollo Vial al Mar (Devimar), a joint venture of Strabag, Sacyr Concesiones and Concay.

In April, Kapsch signed an agreement with Spain’s City of Málaga for testing a dynamic signalling system and real-time traffic optimiser.

The project aims to provide alternative routes for vehicle users and reduce traffic saturation during peak periods or in the case of unforeseen events.