Some major roadways are getting a facelift, as the New York State Department of Transportation kicks off a pair of projects.
NYSDOT acting Commissioner Paul Karas announced on Thursday that they’ve begun installing Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) equipment on area roadways.
The second project includes upgrading existing guide signs on I-84 from the Pennsylvania state line in Orange County to the Connecticut state line in Putnam County.
Karas said the ITS equipment is being installed on I-84 from the Pennsylvania State line to the Connecticut State line in Orange, Dutchess and Putnam counties; on I-684 northbound from Exit 2 (Route 120) in Westchester to Exit 9 (I-84) in Putnam County; and on the southbound side of Sprain Brook Parkway between the Taconic State Parkway and the I-287 interchanges in Elmsford.
The installed ITS equipment will be linked to the Hudson Valley Transportation Management Center in Hawthorne, where staff will monitor and collect information on traffic conditions, quickly detect incidents and dispatch the proper response.
ITS technologies improve travel condition awareness and enable economic growth and development by providing a more efficient transportation system.
According to the NYSDOT, the I-84 sign upgrades “will enhance safety by improving the visibility of the guide and exit signs, both in the daytime and nighttime, and the current consecutive exit numbers will be replaced with mile-based exit numbers, conforming to current national standards. The new exit numbers will be based on the distance in miles moving from west to east from the Pennsylvania border to the Connecticut border.”
In a statement, Karas said that, “with the addition the cutting-edge ITS technologies, coupled with sign upgrades on the Interstate, we are facilitating improved traffic control and safer options for the thousands of commuters, commercial vehicles and residents who utilize the roadway every day.”
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