The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has launched a program to upgrade the overhead message boards that provide information to motorists about accidents, congestion and weather conditions. Earlier this month, the authority awarded a $25.6 million contract to a South Dakota firm to build up to 240 electronic variable message signs and 160 variable speed limit signs. The new message boards will be erected on both the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. Brian Gorman, the authority’s director of technology, says the new signs are part of an overall trend to provide more detailed information to motorists in an easy-to-read format.
The project is scheduled for completion by 2014. It’s being funded by last year’s toll increase. AP