Due to concern for increased traffic in San Luis Obispo, three highway locations will receive permanent electronic message boards to alert motorists about current traffic conditions and roadwork ahead.

These new message boards will display a variety of traffic information ranging from accidents, detours and public safety information, said Caltrans Public Information Officer Jim Shivers.

“The message boards are not being built in response to increased summer tourist traffic but instead to better serve the growing population of San Luis Obispo County,” Shivers said.

The signs will be placed on the right shoulder of three separate highway locations around the county: in San Luis Obispo along northbound U.S. Highway 101 near Prado Road; in Paso Robles along the southbound 101 near the 101/ California Highway 46 East interchange; and near Cambria along the northbound U.S. Highway 1 prior to the 46 East junction, according to a Caltrans press release.

Though Caltrans has reported minor delays in the construction of these message boards, they expect them to be complete in a few weeks.

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