BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the agency will begin construction on the project to renumber Massachusetts exit sights in October of 2020.
The new numbers will be based on mileage, and the MassDOT has published an interactive website for drivers to see what the signs will look like.
The website claims that the new system will provide "several advantages," including easier navigation to figure out the distance between places and more accurate reporting for emergency response teams.
Funds for the project, which is estimated at $2.8 million, will come from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program.
Construction is set to begin in October on Route 140 between New Bedford and Taunton, continuing through summer of 2021. The agency said the project will have "minimal impacts" on traffic.
The highways affected in the new system include Route 3, Route 24, Route 128, Route 140, Route 3, Route 6 and Interstates I-93, I-95, I-195 and I-295. The MassDOT website said the old numbers will stay up next to the new ones for two years, to allow drivers to adjust.
The schedule for most of the region's highways has not yet been finalized, but an online public meeting is set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to finalize the plan for the Eastern part of the state.
Those who are interested in attending the meeting can register online.
WBZ NewsRadio's Laurie Kirby (@LaurieWBZ) reports.