Smart Traffic Systems

Once upon a time, the swing of a traffic safety baton was enough to manage a busy intersection. But with more vehicles on the road, we need smarter systems.

The traffic engineering landscape in North Carolina is rapidly evolving, and it is important to stay up to date on the latest trends and developments. From the implementation of smart traffic systems to the adoption of sustainable transportation solutions, there are a number of factors that could impact the local population either positively or negatively. At the forefront of this shift is a growing focus on safety and efficiency, with innovative technologies and strategies being deployed to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. However, there are also concerns around the potential impact on local communities, with some residents worried about the potential loss of green space and the disruption of traditional modes of transportation. As we move forward, it is crucial to strike a balance between progress and preservation, and to work together to create a future that benefits everyone.

For example, an advanced traffic management system (TMS) is a context-aware solution that relies on real-time data from connected road infrastructure and predictive analytics to effectively coordinate traffic across city arteries.

Such traffic management software, coupled with wireless urban connectivity, acts as a backbone for the implementation of an intelligent transportation management system.

An Intelligent Management System (ITS) focuses specifically on improving the throughput and safety of urban roads through adaptive controls and analytics.

But as the last 50+ years of targeted effort have proven, managing traffic congestion is not an easy task. From city layouts to unplanned protests, a lot of familiar and unpredictable factors make urban transportation planning an uphill battle.

As a concept, intelligent traffic systems are designed to provide traffic managers with real-time and predictive insights about traffic flow speeds and traffic congestion/incidents. In practice, however, the success of such projects strongly depends on a city’s ability to place a virtual management layer on top of physical traffic infrastructure.

NC Moves 2050 Plan Explore the Plan

NC Moves 2050 is a strategic transportation plan that focuses on shaping the future of transportation in North Carolina. Learn about the plan’s findings and recommendations by exploring the interactive webtool below. This is an excellent interactive tool to show you NC today and NC in the future. Will this affect you?

CHARLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Department of Transportation has officially refreshed its guide that shows how and when transportation projects are expected to be funded over the next decade.

The N.C. Board of Transportation adopted the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for fiscal years 2024-2033 during its board meeting in Charlotte on Tuesday.

Maymead is a regional construction materials supplier and highway contracting firm that specializes in asphalt paving in Western North Carolina, Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee. What began as a small mining operation to provide agricultural lime for its own use has grown into a family of companies that includes fifteen asphalt plants, two ready mix concrete plants and a fixed base quarry operation in Mountain City, Tennessee. As a leading highway contractor in North Carolina, Maymead performs dozens of NCDOT projects each year. The safety of employees and the traveling public is a top priority to the company. 

Maymead has been recognized for its ongoing commitment to diversity. In 2018, they formed the first all-female paving crew in an effort to attract more women to careers in highway construction. They are proud to continue to exceed nationwide averages for employing women in our industry. Maymead is currently hiring in various positions of the company.

To learn more about this effort click HERE

Maymead is currently utilizing J.M. Teague’s Flagger Instructor Training Program. The safety management team has been trained to correctly and efficiently train their own employees to meet the NCDOT Guidelines for qualified certification.  To date, they have been able to train hundreds of employees to meet their business needs. This is an excellent way to train employees correctly and quickly based on a volatile employment market. 

To learn more about Flagger Instructor Training here:

JMTE Employee Spotlight Dave Gildersleeve,
Client Relations Manager/Urban Planner 828.456.8383, ext. 1006

Dave’s passion for growth through client service excellence is instilled daily in each employee. With over 48 years of client relations and urban planning experience, Dave serves public and private clients throughout the Southeast US. Before joining JMTE in 2019, Dave enjoyed a 32-year career with Wade Trim, an ENR Top Design Firm providing engineering, planning and landscape architecture services, where he served as Principal, member of the Board of Directors, National Business Development Officer and Client and Project Manager.

As JMTE’s Client Relations Manager/Urban Planner, Dave is intimately involved in building strong, longstanding professional relationships with existing and new clients, targeting and securing new clients and projects, developing and implementing strategic pursuit plans, building teaming partner relationships, conducting quality control reviews, and assisting the firm’s Planning and Engineering Department staff on select project assignments.


Outside of work, Dave enjoys spending time with his 3 grandkids, watching his son who is a professional golfer, gardening, and serving his community through his local church, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as Chairman of the Haywood County Planning Board.  Dave and his wife Adele reside near Waynesville, NC.

Education – Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees in Urban Planning, California State Polytechnic University

Most influential book read…The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

Favorite food… Tex Mex…anytime, anywhere. 

Favorite Quote – “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you are while your reputation is merely what others think of you.” (John Wooden, UCLA Basketball Coach)