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Anticipate and plan for delays in deployment related to weather and the physical environment.

Alaska DOT&PF’s experience integrating a common technology into ITS and IT plans.


12/1/2003
Alaska,United States


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Anticipate and plan for weather-related and other delays in physical deployment.

This project encountered delays related to weather and the physical environment. Weather conditions, for example, were a great concern. When a helicopter is the only way to get to the repeater site, weather can delay work for weeks. With repeater systems, high ground is the optimum location. Clouds are common around mountains however. Further, permafrost presents special challenges to achieving a positive earth ground for digital communications. Several sites required multiple wells drilled to find water to provide the ground. There are many places in Alaska where water is difficult to find. One site required four wells before finding water. In remote locations in the northern, eastern and western parts of Alaska, water may be difficult to find. The Department of Administration adjusted the final build out date for these areas from 2006 to 2008 in anticipation of the permafrost grounding issue.


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Source

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities: Land Mobile Radio System Phase I Pilot Report

Author: Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

Published By: Federal Highway Administration

Source Date: 12/1/2003

EDL Number: 13948

Other Reference Number: ITS-0106-0001

URL: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/jpodocs/repts_te//13948.html

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Mr. Ocie Adams
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF)
907-465-6940
ocie_adams
@dot.state.ak.us


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Mr. Ocie Adams
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF)
907-465-6940
ocie_adams
@dot.state.ak.us

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Jane Lappin
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
617-494-3692
jane.lappin@volpe.dot.gov


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Lesson ID: 2005-00066