Thursday, March 10, 2011
Feel Free to Ignore Digital Speed Signs on I-270 Beginning in July
By Chad Garrison
on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 9:31 AM
Now, beginning in July, the signs will play only an "advisory role" in directing traffic. Motorists who choose to ignore the signs -- which change the posted speed limit depending on traffic conditions -- won't face any penalties or tickets so long as they're observing the highway's maximum speed limit of 60 mph.
has more on the story this morning
, including the results of a study that found that motorist and local police found the signs to be largely ineffective. The same study, however, noted that accidents have dropped along the Missouri side of I-270 since the arrival of the digital speed signs.
The Missouri Department of Transportation spent around $900,000 on the experimental program.
The variable speed signs along Interstate 270 haven't been as productive in easing congestion as hoped in their nearly two years in operation.