Michael Baker International has secured a contract to provide programme management and technical supervision for the implementation of connected vehicle technologies along a 35-mile section of US Route 33 in Ohio.

The section of the road falls within the City of Dublin and the City of Marysville near Columbus.

Under the contract awarded by NW 33 Innovation Corridor Council of Governments, Michael Baker will install connected vehicle roadside devices and smart traffic signals and install connected vehicle technology on 1,200 vehicles.

The company will also be responsible for developing a network to manage the data and overall 33 Smart Mobility Corridor.

The corridor, which serves more than 50,000 vehicles daily, is expected to provide fertile research opportunities to create real-world testing conditions for connected vehicle technologies.

“The section of the road falls within the City of Dublin and the City of Marysville near Columbus.”

It also connects Transportation Research Center (TRC) and The Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR), two nodes of automotive research.

Michael Baker International Columbus project manager and office manager Lori Duguid said: “The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor will offer a unique opportunity for Michael Baker to lead the deployment and testing of smart vehicle technology in various developed environments and roadway types as We Make a Difference in driving this technological advancement to the forefront of the transportation industry.”

Michael Baker and sub-consultant Alten-Cresttek will also assist the project sponsors and the partners to use the insights gained to improve road safety throughout the corridor.

Sponsors of the project comprise the Cities of Dublin and Marysville, Union County, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and DriveOhio, while the project partners are Honda, Battelle, TRC and the Ohio State University College of Engineering.