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Old 03-02-2014, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Tolland, Connecticut
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Our current variable message signs lag well behind the times (well so does most everything regarding roads here..but that's been well documented in other threads ). They currently give us essentially useless information such as 'delay 4 miles, exit 40-44', etc...with zero indication whatsoever about how long this delay will actually hold me up.

According to this thread on a board dominated by traffic engineer types, we're due for an upgrade soon:
CT VMS on I-95 in NY

Here's an example in the Bay Area:
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:01 PM
 
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You mean the ones on trailers that tell me there is a delay at exit whatever but in actuality it's a flipped tractor trailer and the highway is shutdown, or the delay is not slow moving but dead stop bumper to bumper.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:32 PM
 
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Great, so people can continue to slam on their brakes every time they see an electronic sign. They need to do away with them altogether.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Great, so people can continue to slam on their brakes every time they see an electronic sign. They need to do away with them altogether.
Agreed. I've seen a few instances where they're delayed and people slowing down for them creates the ONLY traffic jam in the area. Ironic.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Tolland, Connecticut
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While I'm in agreement regarding the clueless braking (I've even seen people slam on their brakes for a trooper pulling someone on the opposite side of the highway )...do you really not see the utility in having such signs? For one...it makes people less likely to pull out their phone to check Waze or Google Maps during a traffic jam...as well as making an informed choice as to whether to continue on the current road or to seek an alternate route. Progress, people..progress.


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Great, so people can continue to slam on their brakes every time they see an electronic sign. They need to do away with them altogether.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:00 PM
 
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It's not progress when one sign has the potential to produce an entire separate traffic jam before the actual jam the sign is warning about. That, and lots of rear end accidents - one driver brakes while looking at sign, driver in rear does not brake but also looks at sign. I've seen both happen many, many times.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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You guys are being ridiculous - no wonder the roads in this state are stuck in the stone-age. The signs are a good idea. Come to think of it, roads that were designed after the Eisenhower administration are a good idea as well.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I like signs that have average travel time. For instance, a sign before the Milford connector on 95 South with travel times comparing 95 and Merritt.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Tolland, Connecticut
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...Which is exactly what these signs will be.


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I like signs that have average travel time. For instance, a sign before the Milford connector on 95 South with travel times comparing 95 and Merritt.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:54 PM
 
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You guys are being ridiculous - no wonder the roads in this state are stuck in the stone-age. The signs are a good idea. Come to think of it, roads that were designed after the Eisenhower administration are a good idea as well.
Commute 40 miles each way, past these signs, so you can see how CT drivers react when they're blinking - then give an opinion. It has nothing to do with the state of the roads here and everything to do with the moronic drivers.
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