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  • New radar-equipped Thruway signs manufactured locally

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  • ALBANY — A set of innovative warning signs that made their debut on the state Thruway in Buffalo Wednesday were created locally by companies in Herkimer County, the governor’s office said.
    The LED signs are equipped with Doppler radar so they can detect drivers traveling the wrong way on the highway.
    They were manufactured by Fiberdyne Labs in Frankfort and Herkimer Industries in Herkimer based on a design developed by Thruway engineer Steve Velicky, a news release stated.
    When a wrong-way driver is detected, the signs display a warning message advising them to pull over and turn around.
    They also send a signal to other signs ahead, giving oncoming drivers advance warning of the danger, and automatically alert the Thruway’s Statewide Operations Center.
    The signs, which are the first of their kind in the country, have already been installed on the Niagara Expressway (I-190) at the southbound Exit 9 off-ramp in Buffalo, and are coming soon to Exit 10 on I-87 in Nyack.
    They will be installed at other locations along the Thruway in the future, the release stated.
    “New York is the first state in the nation to utilize this sophisticated technology to enhance traffic safety and save lives,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in the release. “Last year the New York State Thruway was the safest it has been in its entire 59 year history, and these signs — which were designed and manufactured in upstate New York — are helping us continue that progress in new and innovative ways.”
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