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New, larger warning signs on Phoenix interchanges

New larger wrong way, Do not Enter signs on Phoenix interchanges (Source: KPHO) New larger wrong way, Do not Enter signs on Phoenix interchanges (Source: KPHO)
New larger wrong way, Do not Enter signs on Phoenix interchanges (Source: KPHO) New larger wrong way, Do not Enter signs on Phoenix interchanges (Source: KPHO)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the Arizona Department of Public Safety will be testing newer, bigger 'wrong way' signs in an effort to help stop the wrong way driving accidents happening in Arizona. 

According to an ADOT release six freeway interchanges in and around Phoenix will get the new signs on a trial basis.  These will be newer and larger versions of the 'Do Not Enter' and 'Wrong Way' signs that already exist, ADOT officials will be studying to see if these new signs will help matters. Crews will also hang the signs lower than normal, just three feet from the ground, in hopes of the signs being more visible to drivers. 

New pavement markers will also be added to the interchanges, officials have said.  These new markers will be large arrows that reflect the color red as a warning to drivers going the wrong way.

The six interchange areas receiving the new signs were chosen due to their history of wrong way driving incidents, according to ADOT officials.

Changes will be made over the course of the next few days at the following locations: 

- Interstate 17 and Carefree Highway (State Route 74);

- Loop 101 (Agua Fria and Thunderbird Road);

- Loop 101 (Agua Fria and Peoria Avene;

- Interstate -10 and Ray Road;

- Interstate 10 and Wild Horse Pass Boulevard;

- Interstate 10 and Queen Creek Road (SR 347)

Old 'Do not enter' signs will increase from 30 inches by 30 inches to 48 inches by 48 inches; new 'wrong way' signs will measure 48 by 36 inches.

ADOT officials have not said how long the study will be, or how long it will take before a decision is made about upgrading all wrong way and do not enter signs across Arizona.

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