A programme expanding the live travel time road signs to Baltimore has been started by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highways Administration (SHA) in the US.

The second phase of real-time destination information which includes installing variable message signs (VMS) along sections of the Baltimore and Capital beltways and MD 295 (Baltimore/Washington Parkway).

SHA administrator Neil Pedersen said the technology allows motorists to make informed decisions about routes and travel plans.

About 23 VMS signs will be installed including seven along I-495/I-95 between I-95 and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, eight along I-95 between I-695 and I-495, as well as prior to MD 43 (Whitemarsh Blvd.), six along I-695 from Essex through Towson and into Catonsville; and two along MD 295 between I-695 and I-195.

The programme began in January along I-95 between the Baltimore and Capital beltways.

The information system uses travel time information that comes from GPS transponder devices in company fleet vehicles.