It may take billions of dollars and 20 years but the way you travel in Lubbock will be changing. Metropolitan Planning Organization Chairman Tom Martin says, "We'll have permanent mounted message signs in strategic locations along the Marsha Sharp Freeway, Loop 289 and the interstate. The message signs will warn motorists of dangers or hazards ahead."
On Monday, the MPO viewed plans on how the TX-Dot Intelligent Transportation System would work in Lubbock. Right now, you may see temporary electronic signs. Soon, they will be replaced with permanent electronic signs warning about traffic accidents, Amber alerts and other things.
In addition, cameras will be placed along the freeway so the city and TV stations like NewsChannel 11 can give you live traffic reports.
Finally, automatic de-icing machines will be used to save time and money. Martin says, "When the temperatures senses the temperature falling below freezing with precipitation, we'll automatically apply an anti-freeze material instead of sending out for salt trucks."
The first phase of the project will be funded by TX-DOT, city bonds, and a congressional highway bill. It's slated to begin in January.
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