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LTA to upgrade electronic signboards on expressways

SINGAPORE — Motorists can look forward to improved real-time traffic information as the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will begin works starting Monday (Sept 16) to enhance existing electronic signboards along the expressways.

SINGAPORE — Motorists can look forward to improved real-time traffic information as the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will begin works starting Monday (Sept 16) to enhance existing electronic signboards along the expressways.

The 380 existing Expressway Motoring Advisory System (EMAS) electronic signboards island-wide will be replaced, and 13 new signboards will be installed. The new signboards will be more readable, as they can display text and simple graphics in up to seven colours, including green, cyan and purple. These enhancements will help motorists to make better travel decisions.

The new electronic signboards will be installed first along the Central Expressway (CTE), the East Coast Parkway (ECP) as well as along stretches of Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) and Pan Island Expressway (PIE) near the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints. The first batch of signboards are expected to be completed by the first half of next year. The entire enhancement project will be completed by 2017.

In addition, by next year, LTA will install a total of 70 new electronic signboards, EMAS Arterial Variable Message Signs (AVMS), along four specific road corridors: From West Coast Highway to Pioneer Road, from Upper Jurong Road to Commonwealth Avenue, from Geylang Road to Upper Changi Road East, and from Mountbatten Road to Xilin Avenue. These selected road corridors are highly utilised by motorists and serve as alternative routes to the expressways, LTA said. Six other road corridors have already been installed with AVMS since last year, including the stretch from Orchard Road to Bras Basah Road and from Nicoll Highwa to Shenton Way.

The extention of EMAS coverage to major arterial road corridors will offer better information dissemination, LTA said. Motorists can expect better traffic flow on the road network island-wide in the future.

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