RI News
6:32 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Wrong-way Detection Systems Going Up Along RI Highways

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said a growing number of deadly wrong-way accidents has prompted it to invest in an alert system that should be up and running by the end of the summer

Rhode Island highway just outside Providence.
Rhode Island highway just outside Providence.
Credit thisisbossi / flickr

With one death already this year, and three last year RIDOT said deadly accidents caused by wrong-way drivers are growing not just in Rhode Island but around the country. So it's installing 20 detection systems that will first alert a driver through signs that they are going the wrong way, and after that the system alerts other drivers and police.

 

The systems will go up along 95 from Warwick to Pawtucket, among others. The $2 million project will be paid for with federal safety funding. Bids for the wrong-way alert systems go out in April with installation starting this summer.