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Sign project to combat wrong-way driving nearing completion

Posted at 5:06 AM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 08:06:53-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A highway-safety project to install hundreds of new signs on Phoenix-area freeways to head off wrong-way drivers is nearing completion.

The state Department of Transportation says the federally funded $2.1 million sign project is intended to get the attention of drivers heading in the wrong direction on off-ramps or in freeway travel lanes.

The new signs are designed to be more noticeable than others used previously by being larger in size and placed lower so they're closer to a wrong-way driver's field of vision.

The signs are part of a campaign to combat wrong-way driving, which often is attributed to impairment.

The campaign also includes an alert system that uses thermal cameras to spot wrong-way vehicles to trigger warning signs on freeways and to send alerts to authorities.