New signs provide real-time travel information on Maine Turnpike, I-295

The signs will share traffic information based on data collected anonymously from mobile devices along the two interstates

April 18, 2019
Maine DOT real-time traffic signage

As the peak summer travel season approaches, the Maine DOT and Maine Turnpike Authority are working to help members of the traveling public make good decisions based on real-time data.

According to a news release from Maine DOT, the two agencies are collaborating to install new travel signs along I-95 and I-295. These signs will share traffic information with motorists based on data that are collected anonymously from various mobile devices along the two interstates. This initiative is part of a national trend to use intelligent transportation systems to improve safety and mobility.

There will be 10 signs in total. Two signs on the Turnpike (in York and Wells) and four signs on I-295 (in Falmouth, Yarmouth, Freeport and Topsham) will display various destinations with the number of miles and the number of minutes it will take motorists to reach those destinations. 

Three signs on the Turnpike (in Saco, Scarborough and Farmingdale) and one on I-295 (in Cumberland) will be located near where I-95 and I-295 connect; those signs will display the expected delays, if any, along those interstate corridors to help drivers choose the faster route.

The contractor doing the work is Liddell Brothers Inc. of Halifax, Mass. The installation of the new signs is almost complete, and the Maine DOT will be running tests before the signs are fully operational.

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Source: Maine DOT

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