California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

April 1, 2011
District: 4 - Oakland
Contact: Bob Haus
Phone: (510) 286-5576
           (510) 715-7212 Cell

CALTRANS PROJECT WILL HELP MOTORISTS AVOID TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON INTERSTATE 280

San Mateo County – Caltrans today announced the completion of a project on Interstate 280 in San Mateo County that will provide real-time traffic and weather information that motorists can use to avoid congestion and inclement weather. The $1.3 million project was financed entirely by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

“The new equipment will make it easier for Caltrans to better monitor traffic and manage congestion,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim. “This project is another example of how Caltrans applies state-of-the-art technology to existing roads and highways.”

Caltrans installed four electronic highway message signs and four traffic monitoring cameras at various places on I-280 in Menlo Park, Burlingame, Millbrae, and Daly City. Caltrans posts information on the electronic message signs (which use energy-efficient LED technology) about traffic incidents, road closures, inclement weather, travel times, and Amber Alerts. Caltrans uses traffic cameras to monitor traffic congestion and incidents, identify stranded motorists, and observe weather conditions.

Caltrans has more than 130 electronic highway message signs and approximately 300 traffic monitoring cameras now active in the Bay Area.

California has obligated nearly $2.6 billion in Recovery Act funding to nearly 1,000 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide.

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