WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--- As state engineers continue widening U.S. 52 near Business I-40, drivers can now see signs of the massive construction project miles away from the busy interchange. Engineers are currently adding digital signs and cameras to roads that will eventually become detours.
As part of a $28 million project to improve roads that will eventually become detours, like M.L.K. Junior Drive and University Parkway, engineers are adding digital signs and cameras. The goal help direct drivers to the detours and warn them of upcoming traffic problems, lane closures or slow downs as they approach or leave the construction zone.
The signs are digital, connected via fiber and can be controlled by computers from the D.O.T.'s traffic management center in Greensboro.
Engineer Wright Archer says, "actually before get a police call or anything like that, they can immediately start rerouting traffic so it's a very responsive, interactive program."
The signs can also be used to help ease traffic and alert drivers to alternate routes during Wake Forest sporting events and large events at the Joel Coliseum.
The 9 signs and 32 cameras should be up and running in the next month.
Work on U.S. 52 is scheduled to continue for the next several months. The revamp of Business I-40 through downtown Winston-Salem won't start for several more years.
"We want to make sure everything is up and running so when we do need it, it is ready to go," says Archer.