Local News

New Travel Monitoring Devices Spring Up For Widening Project

Posted March 4, 2005 11:40 a.m. EST

— The state is adding portable devices that will help motorists keep up with traffic troubles during the widening project on U.S. 1 near Cary.

Already one high-tech trailer -- called a Travel Messenger -- is on the side of the road north of the project.

The trailer collects live images of traffic and monitors speed in the area. It then sends the information back to North Carolina DOT offices, who will then put it on a Web site for people to monitor.

There will eventually be at least four of the orange metal trailers -- one each will be 2½ miles north and south of the project. There will be one on Wade Avenue and another on Interstate 40 at Harrison Boulevard.

The information collected from the trailers will also be sent to message boards that appear on the side of the road at the project.

The state expects to have the Web site functioning sometime next week.