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New real-time traffic signs to be unveiled despite problems with existing ones

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(MyFoxBoston.com) -- Governor Deval Patrick is set to unveil new, real-time traffic signs for the Cape Cod area, despite the fact that 43 similar boards around the state are reportedly broken.

Dozens of the out-of-service electronic signs hang over I-93 and the Mass. Pike, according to the Boston Herald.

Others are broken in Dorchester, Canton, and Needham. Of the 184 signs, 43 are reportedly permanently out of service. They were installed about eight years ago, but should have lasted as long as 15 years.

These message boards provide information to drivers about amber alerts, traffic accidents, and back-ups.

The first of the new signs will be turned on Friday along Route 6, and eventually are planned to be placed along all major highways in Massachusetts, covering around 680 miles of road in total.

The project is expected to cost $17.5 million and is mostly paid for by the federal government.

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