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’s variable speed limit signs have been chosen for the new Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) smart corridor initiatives.
The Swarco Group subsidiary says the deal with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDoT) is one of its largest variable messaging signs (VMS) deployments on the US east coast.
McCain distributor M.H. Corbin has been awarded the contract for 76 signs to be installed over the next year along nearly 50 miles of the I-76 between King of Prussia and Philadelphia – a major commuter route to the city and surrounding areas.
"This is a major contract and these signs will have a profound and immediate impact on I-76," said Randy Bobo, McCain VMS sales manager. “Frequent travellers along the route are accustomed to congestion but we believe these signs will help traffic managers reduce the frequency and duration of slow-downs as our equipment comes online."
McCain says the new signs mean traffic managers can reduce or increase speed limits to better maintain traffic flow and safety in conditions including heavy traffic, bad weather and accidents.
Deployments of variable speed limits in other areas have been shown to reduce crashes by as much as 30%, the company adds.