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State, local highways get more electronic signs, traffic cameras

Nearly 300 additional electronic message boards and traffic cameras have been added to New York State highways, including in the Buffalo area, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday.

"Severe weather events are happening with increasing frequency and these new electronic message signs and traffic cameras will give motorists the most up-to-date information on road conditions and traffic," Cuomo said.

The state Department of Transportation installed and activated an additional 125 cameras and 143 variable message signs on the Thruway, interstate highways including I-86 as well as Buffalo metro area highways, the state said.

The Thruway Authority also deployed an additional 25 new portable variable message signs, giving it 78 permanent and more than 120 portable electronic signs across its 570-mile system.

With the addition of the new equipment, there are now 1,150 cameras and more than 550 message signs connected to the DOT's 10 Transportation Management Centers and publicly accessible via the 511NY app.

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