Interstate message boards will keep travelers in touch
The pillars are in place, and next year digital message boards will provide Interstate 90/39 travelers with real-time information about delays and road conditions.
In 2015, the state is expected to begin expansion of the Interstate between the Illinois state line and the Beltline in Madison.
As a precursor, the state Department of Transportation has erected concrete pillars for two boards along the 45-mile route. The boards will be installed next spring, said Steve Theisen, a department spokesman.
In Rock County, the boards will be located just south of the Highway 11 (Avalon Road) interchange and near the County M overpass north of Janesville.
The effort is part of the state's Intelligent Transportation Systems, which uses traffic monitoring cameras, message boards and other technology to give motorists real-time information.
In addition, overhead message boards will be installed with future projects.
The department has incorporated many Intelligent Transportation Systems features on other Interstates and major highways throughout Wisconsin.
The state also will have a message board on the Interstate in Dane County between County AB and County BB. As part of other projects, it also is installing boards at several other locations, including six along the Beltline in Madison.