If you are heading north through Lynnwood, WA overnight you are going to probably hit some traffic as the DOT is going to have three of the four lanes closed as they burrow under the highway to install the new 'Variable Message Signs'. Crews will close up to three left lanes of northbound I-5 just north of I-405 from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights
If you are wondering what these are, they are the signs that they have installed on the south side of Seattle in the northbound lanes. What do they do? They allow the people in charge of traffic to allert drivers to accidents and to lower the speed limits in certain lanes, theoretically improving the flow of traffic.
If you are in the Seattle area I would love to get your impressions of these signs. I haven't seen their value since every time I have gone past the existing ones in Seattle they have been giving out pointless messages. I don't really care if you have reduced the speed limit to 45mph when the traffic is crawling along at 25mph at best.
What do you think, do the VMS signs work?