Safety Equipment Being Installed On I-75

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Associated Press News Release

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Visibility sensors, dynamic messaging signs and vehicle detection devices will be installed along a stretch of Interstate 75 two years after a deadly, chain-reaction crash.

Florida Department of Transportation officials also say standard and infrared cameras will also be set up south of Gainesville where I-75 crosses Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. It was there that 11 people died on the fog-and-smoke-shrouded road in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2012.

The technology will warn drivers when conditions deteriorate.

The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/1ed4OG5 ) reports that DOT will install the equipment over the next year. Three message signs will be installed -- two approaching the prairie northbound and one southbound. The will also be 12 closed-circuit television cameras in the area.

A thermal, heat-detecting camera will monitor heavy fog.


Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com


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