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New signs on US 2

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New signs on US 2

WSDOT unveiled a new electronic sign this morning on US 2 just outside of Monroe. The sign, which is part of the US 2 Traffic Safety Corridor project, will provide drivers with a real-time reminder of the importance of driving safely on the corridor.

The sign tracks the number of days since a serious crash on the highway, said Lowell Porter, director of Washington Traffic Safety Commission. We have installed similar signs on other safety corridors and weve heard positive feedback from the communities. People pay attention and notice the sign, especially when it goes back to zero.

WSDOT will install two signs on US 2. This first sign is located near Westwick Road, just west of Monroe. The second sign is scheduled to be installed by the end of June, and will be located near Gold Bar.

The signs measure 5-feet tall by 8-feet wide, and feature an electronic display that automatically counts the number of days since a serious collision. If a fatal or serious injury collision occurs, troopers from the Washington State Patrol will reset the sign to zero. Today is the 68th day since the last serious collision on US 2.

Obviously, our goal is to see that number get higher and higher, said Porter. We want drivers to remember that they are a significant part of any traffic safety success story, and we need their ongoing support.

The signs were suggested by members of the US 2 Traffic Safety Corridor group. Gov. Chris Gregoire declared US 2 from Everett to Stevens Pass a traffic safety corridor in October 2007. The safety corridor program aims to reduce collisions on roadways with significant safety needs through partnerships with community groups, businesses, engineering, enforcement, education and emergency services organizations. The program is locally led and coordinated in each community.

The electronic collision signs are funded by WSDOTs statewide budget for safety corridor projects. The first sign cost about $12,000 to fabricate and install. For more information on the US 2 Traffic Safety Corridor, please visit www.us2drivesafe.org.


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