Mike McKay

Mike lives in Tucson, Arizona and is your primary contact if you are located West of the Mississippi River. Mike has a 12-year history of working with DOTs and contractors in both roadway construction and ITS industries. He will help you find the right solution with the right approach and will support you from the design stage all the way to the end of product life. Mike loves a good joke and is always open for a friendly chat, so if you have a question or want to check in, don’t hesitate to give him a call! Mike enjoys spending his free time chasing golf balls, biking great distances, and flicking a fly rod over a calm river. Mike can be reached at mike.mckay@sesamerica.com or on his cell phone at: (401) 316-3341.
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Recent Posts

Double Warning Blank Out Signs Help Congestion in Phoenix School Zone

Posted by Mike McKay on Dec 28, 2016 11:26:05 PM

The  Traffic Deadlock Dilemma

Looking to address the traffic deadlock dilemma that plagues many urban American experiences, the City of Phoenix has deployed a double warning system in the drop zone of a local school. This area is prone to high volume vehicular congestion, especially during morning drop-off hours, with a left turn pocket at the school ground's entrance that clashes with a right turn lane from the other direction. These opposing lanes are often at odds, with drivers from both directions feverishly attempting to enter the drop zone area first. 

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Topics: Mobility, Blank Out Signs, Traffic Control

Learn How TxDOT Saved $8+ Million Using DMS Retrofit Upgrades

Posted by Mike McKay on Jun 3, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Actual Cost Analysis from Texas DOT, 2009-2014

Beginning in 2009, South Texas Department of Transportation districts began retrofitting existing signs utilizing retrofit upgrade options either to replace older technology or to update troublesome signs. Through this time period, the tracking of average installed costs versus new installation costs was provided by contractors in 2014.

This comparison is based on each sign's capability of projecting 3 lines of 18 characters, 18 “high characters in amber color. The new DMS option does not reflect any feature upgrades to the signs each district may have added. The new DMS pricing is the minimum amount on the current purchasing contract at that time for four years. Both options were front access type signs. Excluded was the superstructure or support costs - given that retrofitting would use existing structures, the cost is not evaluated here. Contractors and the DOT estimates that new structures for overhead applications run $150,000-$200,000.

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Topics: Retrofit Upgrade

Walk-In Dynamic Message Signs Completed for Texas Toll Road Authority

Posted by Mike McKay on May 27, 2016 11:10:04 AM

HOUSTON, TX: Newly installed Energy Efficient Dynamic Message Signs. 

SES America (SESA) and contractor partner Traffic Control Devices, Inc. completed final commissioning of Walk-In Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) for the Harris County Toll Road Authority along Interstate 10 and US 225 to enhance travel time information and alternative routing advice. SESA manufactured a technically advanced, energy efficient LED display, the Messenger 6000, requiring no ventilation or cooling systems, dramatically lessening maintenance and labor costs. Conforming to existing HCTRA standards and requirements,

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Topics: Grid-Powered DMS, DMS Messenger 6000, Travel Time