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Council OKs $4.1m for traffic warning system
The $4.1 million contact with Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, for the advance transportation management/traveler information system garnered unanimous approval at Friday’s Governor and Executive Council meeting.
State Deputy Transportation Commissioner Patrick McKenna said he expected Vermont will follow New Hampshire’s lead. The system could eventually be expanded to include other New England states.
The information and the possible diversion of traffic can help save lives, not just travel time for drivers. With the coordinated information on a problem and the ability to provide that information on highway signage, drivers could be warned to avoid an area, McKenna said: “Emergency responders can get there.”
• Approved a federally funded, four-month $45,000 contract with NL Partners in Portland, Maine, for production and broadcast of 50 radio spots for 12 weeks, starting in June, to promote safe driving around large trucks.
• Confirmed the appointment of Eugene J. Forbes of Burlington, Vt., as director of the Water Division, N.H. Department of Environmental Services;
John Dumais, president of the N.H. Grocers Association, said N.H. the Beautiful Inc., which provides recycling grants to communities, helps schools with recycling equipment and programs and provides signage. It was presenting 25,800 blue trash bags, valued at $2,638.48, to the state Department of Transportation for use in the Sponsor-a-Highway Program.
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