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

Dynamic Messaging  Retrofit Technology in Carrollton , TX

Posted by Mike McKay on Aug 4, 2018 11:03:33 AM


SESA has partnered with Traffic Control Devices Inc. and TXDOT to complete Retrofit Upgrades of 5 Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) in Carrollton, TX. Southbound Interstate 35E (at the Whitlock lane exit in North Texas) is the first of five installations to be completed by September this year and one of over 250 installations around Texas in the last 5 years. 

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Topics: Dynamic Message Signs, Retrofit Upgrade, In the News

Missouri DOT Employs Energy Efficient SESA Travel Time Signs

Posted by Mike McKay on Apr 3, 2018 8:53:14 AM


Along Highway 49 near the Highway 71 north exit just outside of Kansas City, new SESA energy saving travel time signs with adjustable vision enhancements have been installed in March. 

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Topics: Dynamic Message Signs, In the News, Travel Time Signs, Embedded Signs

TXDOT and SESA Complete Retrofit Upgrades in San Antonio

Posted by Mike McKay on Mar 14, 2018 10:10:00 AM


SESA has partnered with TXDOT Traffic Operations and the Levy & Company electrical contractor,  to complete Retrofit Upgrades of 6 Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) placed at off ramps along major freeways in the San Antonio metro area. These 'Type 3' retrofit signs depict two lines of 15 characters in an 8 inch high character format.

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Topics: Dynamic Message Signs, Retrofit Upgrade, In the News

SESA teams up with Wyoming DOT  to complete Retrofit Upgrades of 43  Legacy DMS

Posted by Mike McKay on Nov 16, 2017 8:55:45 AM


Wyoming DOT, with SES America has signed a procure and installation agreement to complete new technology Retrofit Upgrades of 43 existing legacy Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) along interstates I-80, I-25, and designated state highway routes.  Spread throughout Wyoming from Yellowstone to Cheyenne, are side of the road DMS with 12 inch characters as well as walk in, over the road DMS signs depicting three lines of 25 characters in 18 inch high character format.

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Topics: Dynamic Message Signs, Retrofit Upgrade, In the News

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