Innformation signs coming to Duval, Clay roads

DOT, TPO putting up information signs on state roads

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Governor Scott's Florida Families First Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 fully funds the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) Work Program investments in port, highway, bridge and other transportation infrastructure improvements. 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - There are signs popping up all over Jacksonville. Some of the Department of Transportation signs say "test," but others are just blank.

The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization is behind the new signs. The DOT and the TPO said that the signs are in effort to keep our roads safer and drivers more aware.

There are signs already up on Interstate 95 that tell drivers if there's a crash along their route, or how long drivers will have to wait in traffic. 

"It's just so we can try to provide more real time information to the public. As far as incidents, whether they need to divert that sort of thing," explained North Florida TPO's Jeff Sheffield.

Sheffield said drivers will start seeing more and more electronic signs on area roads. There are already seven new signs on Blanding Boulevard through Clay County. Signs are also planned to go up along San Jose Boulevard, Beach Boulevard, U.S. 1 and U.S. 17.

"What we're trying to do is create a full system. You see the signs, but the core is the sensors on along the roadway and at lighted intersections," said Sheffield. 

Most drivers Channel 4 spoke with Monday night said they're excited about the extra information available on the road, but not everyone thinks it will help. One driver said "people don't pay attention."

The signs should be up and running over the next couple of months.  

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