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Freeway Getting 3 New Message Signs

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Caltrans recently announced plans to place three new electronic traffic message signs on the Ventura Freeway by late 1997.

At a cost of $960,000, the signs will alert northbound commuters to traffic problems near the Santa Paula Freeway and Moorpark Freeway interchanges. The signs will carry messages identifying accidents and possible detours, said Tony V. Harris, Caltrans regional director.

Local transportation officials believe that the signs will help control traffic on the Ventura Freeway, which carries 105,000 vehicles a day and is the busiest freeway in Ventura County.

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“We think the signs will go a long way toward relieving congestion associated with accidents and weather-related incidents,” said Christopher Stevens of the Ventura County Transportation Commission.

Sen. Jack O’Connell (D-San Luis Obispo) has been a big supporter of the signs, which will include closed-circuit television cameras and a surveillance station to record traffic volumes and congestion.

“I am pleased to see this project moving forward, as I believe it will have a positive impact for motorists using the busy 101 corridor,” O’Connell said.

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