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

City of Los Angeles Arterials Receive Upgraded SESA Dynamic Messaging Systems

Posted by Mike McKay on Mar 20, 2019 10:13:38 AM

As part of an upgrade to the fiber and communications infrastructure in the City of Los Angeles, SES America, Inc., in partnership with Sturgeon Electric California, LLC recently installed and commissioned Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) to facilitate the information and resulting travel options for commuters in the nation’s largest city. Located near prominent intersections such as the La Cienega and Venice Boulevard junction, these Amber signs with full color capabilities will provide long needed information to major freeway access points and provide neighborhood specific information in West and South Los Angeles.

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SESA Completes Final Retrofits of  43 DMS  Replacement Project Across Wyoming

Posted by Mike McKay on Dec 18, 2018 1:44:58 PM


SES Amerca, inc. successfully completed two (2) new technology Retrofit Upgrades of existing legacy Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) along each end of Highway 26 near Lander, Wyoming, These high contrasthigh visibility DMS are the final leg of a 43 LED sign retrofit installation done in 14 months all across the state, from Yellowstone National Park to Cheyenne, and on the primary freight transportation route of over 340 miles of Interstate 80.

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Topics: Retrofit Upgrade, News, Product Library

Cedar Park Improves School Crossing Warnings with Multi-Phase Blank Out Signs

Posted by Mike McKay on Dec 14, 2018 10:51:34 AM


Cedar Park, 16 miles to the Northwest of Austin Texas,, recently explored strategies to improve major school crossing safety at key crossing hours, morning and afternoon. As a result, the Public Works Department implemented at the intersection of Lakeline Blvd and Cougar Country Blvd, multi-message blank out signs to support the crossing guard responsibilities in this area which serves three different schools and their respective routes through this intersection.

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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: Embedded Signs, News, Product Library

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: Retrofit Upgrade, News, Product Library

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: Retrofit Upgrade, News, Product Library

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: Traffic Control, Product Library

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: Travel Time, Product Library