RICHMOND -- Construction crews on Tuesday will start the highly visible installation of new "smart" electronic signs along Interstate 80 from the Bay Bridge to Carquinez Bridge.

Motorists are advised that some nighttime lane closures on I-80 will be necessary over the next few months as 11 25-foot tall sign frames are installed. The first sign will be placed in Richmond.

Starting in early 2015, the signs will flash information about traffic accidents, blocked lanes and travel times on the busy stretch of highway between Emeryville and Crockett.

The signs are part of the $80 million I-80 smart corridor project, said Ivy Morrison, a project spokeswoman. The project is funded by state transportation bonds and transportation sales taxes from Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff



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