New sign alerts Jersey truckers to rollover threat

| 1/8/2003

So far, so good, for a new high-tech speed warning device installed last week by the New Jersey Department of Transportation at the dangerous I-287 northbound ramp to westbound I-80 in Parsippany. There hasn't been a single truck rollover since at the cloverleaf-style interchange, which is west of New York City in the northern part of the state, according to local media.

The device uses roadbed sensors and a message board to alert truckers if they are traveling too fast to safely steer the ramp.

Rollovers had been a common occurrence at the interchange, where big rigs are required to slow from 55 mph to 25 mph in a short distance to negotiate the relatively tight turn, the Daily Record reported.

The device, which cost $400,000, is the first of its kind in the state, according to the newspaper. If successful, it could be used at other heavily traveled interchanges.