The City of Salisbury has been awarded a North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) Relief and Mitigation Grant to purchase sensors totaling $64,040. The funds will be used to purchase integrated stream height sensors and road surface sensors.
“We are grateful to receive the NCEM Relief and Mitigation Grant,” said Michael Hanna, public works administrative services manager. “This grant will allow the City to purchase sensors that will read real-time, road surface conditions. The sensors will allow us to alert citizens and emergency response personnel to active road conditions so they can be on alert and reduce traffic accidents. We see this project having a significant impact on our community by first and foremost saving valuable lives, preventing unnecessary travel impacts, initiating sustainable practices, and allowing City staff to use staff in other services while monitors are actively analyzing.”
The sensor installation is anticipated to begin in October. Two flood sensors will be installed at two major waterways. When installed, Salisbury Public Works can collect data on which stream height the river has to reach for community impact to occur. Also, the City will purchase road condition sensors that mount to city-owned vehicles.