Soon after putting out its longterm future plan, the city of Springfield spends $2.5 million from city, state, federal, and (not so much anymore) Chinese monies for electronic signs along some of its roadways:
Electronic signs on the side of the road are popping up around Springfield as part of an effort to decrease congestion and help drivers.
The 16 electronic roadway signs will eventually display information about traffic ahead, so people know when to avoid a particularly congested street. The city of Springfield and the Missouri Department of Transportation are also installing cameras -- not connected to red light cameras -- and sensors to detect congestion levels.
The city, state and federal government are sharing the $2.5 million price tag for the current construction.
The city's portion, about $650,000, is funded through the 1/8 cent transportation sales tax, Haynes said.
The city is spending this money to alleviate the fact that its transportation infrastructure has not kept up with the needs of citizens and other travellers. Couple this with the $700,000 wayfinder signs, and you've got $3.2 million not spent on widening roads and building alternate routes.
Also, how helpful will these things really be? More importantly, with the rise of GPS systems and the rate at which they get embedded into new automobiles, how useful will these things be in five years when everyone turns left to avoid congestion according to Google's instructions anyway?