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iCone system helps drivers in construction zones

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WSIL -- If interstate traffic has made you late for an appointment or for work, blame construction season.

But, the Illinois Department of Transportation has a high tech system in place to provide drivers with up-to-the-minute information on traffic delays.

"I had to sit in Marion for like 15 minutes. It was awful," said Aaron Leuty, a southern Illinois driver. 

We see road work everywhere. 

E.T. Simonds Project Manager Steve Ash said, "There's no way to avoid backups because of the volume of traffic that we're trying to feed down to one lane."

But one thing helps: the iCone system.

IDOT Engineer Keith Roberts said, "It looks just like a regular cone that you would see out on the side of the road."

The iCone has GPS, monitors traffic speed in construction zones and talks to the message boards. 

Ash said, "Through the satellite systems, we're warning them [drivers] and monitoring the speeds of the cars."

Aaron Leuty says it makes navigating construction season a little less stressful.

"Yeah, it does help a lot, you know, and it lets me know when I can get off before," said Leuty. 

Roberts says Friday is typically the worst day of the week for traffic delays along Interstate 57.

When traveling in construction zones, remember to reduce your speed, watch for lane changes and use alternate routes.

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