Highway signs to give real-time traffic info

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts drivers will soon have a little extra help navigating the state’s traffic hotspots.

Gov. Deval Patrick and transportation officials announced a $17.5 million project on Friday to place permanent electronic signs on state highways that provide motorists with real-time information on how long their commute will take.

Several dozen temporary signs are already on place. The system uses blue-tooth technology to estimate travel time between two locations.

The first permanent sign will be on Route 6 on Cape Cod. Others major roadways where the signs will be placed include Interstates 93, 95, 195 and 495, a portion of Interstate 91, and the entire length of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Patrick says commuting is more manageable when you know how long it will take to get from point A to point B.

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