Press Release Article


Date: Jun 25, 2015
Press Release Number: 91-2015

The electronic highway signage system and field devices that provide critical real-time travel information for the George Washington Bridge's 300,000 daily commuters will undergo a major overhaul following action today by the Port Authority Board of Commissioners.

The Board approved a $65.1 million project to replace the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) at the world's busiest bridge. The project provides for the upgrade and replacement of 11 existing variable message signs and the installation of seven new ones; the installation of a new overhead sign structure; the upgrade and replacement of fixed message signs; the replacement of variable message signs, vehicle detectors, traffic cameras, travel time readers and a weather information station that connects to TRANSCOM's regional network.

The George Washington Bridge's ITS system feeds traffic data to TRANSCOM, a consortium that operates a regional traffic management system and provides information to all member agencies for radio reports, highway signs, traffic apps and other means of disseminating traffic information.

Previously, the Board approved the replacement of 15 obsolete variable message signs to support traffic operations in 2014.

The signs, located on the New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 80, Route 4 and Route 46, provide travel time information from given points on bridge approach roads to the bridge. The signs also can provide messages about weather conditions and speed reductions.

"Moving people and goods smoothly and safely through the region is our primary mission," said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. "Utilizing the latest technology to better manage traffic congestion at our bridges and tunnels plays an important part in that effort."

"The Port Authority's facilities are critical to moving people and goods throughout the region," said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. "Today's action to employ this intelligent transportation system will help move the 300,000 commuters that cross the world's busiest bridge everyday and reduce congestion throughout the region."

The new highway signs and related infrastructure will be installed beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017 and be completed by the second quarter of 2020.

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