WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the installation of Doppler-radar enhanced LED signs to alert wrong way drivers before they enter various spots on the New York State Thruway.
The signs were developed in-house by New York State Thruway Authority staff. The first two will be installed at exit 10 on I-87/I-287 in Nyack, Rockland County, and another near the Niagara Expressway in Buffalo.
“New York is the first state in the nation to utilize this sophisticated technology to enhance traffic safety and save lives,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Last year the New York State Thruway was the safest it has been in its entire 59 year history, and these signs – which were designed and manufactured in Upstate New York – are helping us continue that progress in new and innovative ways.”
The new signs are the latest development in the Thruway Authority’s work to ensure that motorists have the highest level of safety while on the 570-mile superhighway. Doppler radar is used to detect vehicles traveling the wrong way and when identified, the sign flashes a customized LED message to alert the drivers of their error and instruct them to pull over and turn around when it is safe to do so.
The sign will also trigger automatic alerts to other drivers on the Thruway’s variable message sign system, and automatically alert the Thruway’s Statewide Operations Center.
The new technology will be expanded to other areas along the Thruway system in the future.