The state Thruway Authority today said it has installed Doppler-radar-enhanced LED signs to alert wrong-way drivers before they enter exits in Buffalo and Nyack, Rockland County.
The signs are at the Niagara Expressway (I-190) at the southbound exit 9 off-ramp in Buffalo and at exit 10 on I-87/I-287 in Nyack.
Both spots have had crashes involving wrong-way drivers.
“New York is the first state in the nation to utilize this sophisticated technology to enhance traffic safety and save lives,” Cuomo said in a statement. “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.”
The Doppler radar can detect vehicles traveling the wrong way, setting off the LED sign and alerting the rest of the Thruway system.
The Thruway said it expects to install the signs at other locations.
Here’s Thruway Executive Director Thomas Madison discussing the signs in a video provided by Cuomo’s office: