I-4 downtown Orlando converts to variable speeds

| 9/12/2008

Beginning Monday, Sept. 15, a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 4 in downtown Orlando, FL, will convert to variable speeds. The idea is to prevent backups by keeping traffic at a steady pace and avoiding stop-and-go traffic.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that electronic signs will lower speeds from 55 to as low as 30 miles per hour during the most congested periods and also because of conditions such as wrecks and bad weather.

Variable speed limits have been used in Europe, New Jersey and Washington state on some of their highways.