Work begins to install city signs meant to keep drivers updated

A contractor is installing a series of variable message signs at nine locations along Spokane city streets.
Those signs will be connected to the region’s “intelligent transportation system” to keep drivers informed of what’s ahead.
Until now, most variable message signs have been placed along major highways.
The city has been installing fiber optic cable in the pavement over the past several years in preparation for this summer’s sign installations, city spokeswoman Julie Happy said.
“I think these will be great for traffic flow,” she said.
Drivers will be warned about accidents, obstructions, construction and road conditions through information gathered and disseminated by the Spokane Regional Transportation Management Center.