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I-DOT to Post New Signs

Updated: Thursday, May 15 2014, 10:57 AM CDT

ILLINOIS -- Get ready to see some new signs along Illinois' roads.

Newschannel at Nine's Kimberly Howard tells us why the Illinois Department of Transportation says those signs will save more lives.

There are a handful of things drivers notice when there's road construction up ahead.

"Heavy traffic usually."

"I see people on their phones all the time."

"You'll see those orange signs out there."

But now, there will be something else. A speed indicator board which will tell drivers how fast they're going and how fast they should be going in work zones.

District 6 Project Engineer Terry Fountain says I-DOT opted to mandate the radar technology after seeing it work in 13 metro east and southern Illinois contruction zones.

"And we have seen success in people slowing down to the proper speed limit as they're going into the work zone."

The new signs will light up in all insterstate, highway, and state expressway work zones with at least one lane closure.

"We do have some existing contracts that are curently underway that we're slowing going to get these added to, but you will start to see more and more of these out there on the interstate and on the expressways."

Depending on the workers' contract, and the location of the construction, the mobile signs could cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 a month.

But with an average of $7,000 work zone crashes in Illinois a year, and 28 work zone related deaths just last year, most drivers say it's worth it.

"Yeah there's, like I said, a lot of crazy drivers out there. And everybody's in a hurry to get somewhere."

"It's definitely worth it because, you know, how much is a life worth? You know, lost wages and the toll on the family and all that, so it's definitely worth it."

I-DOT to Post New Signs


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