A project along the Atlantic City Expressway is under way to remove roadside call boxes that are now considered to be obsolete.
The call boxes, which were installed in the mid 1980s, will be replaced by signs along the Expressway that tell motorists to call 9-1-1 for emergencies.
The South Jersey Transportation Authority says the current roadside call box may have given drivers the impression that there is actually a telephone available to use when there is not.
"The safety of the motoring public using our Expressway is the main factor that went into the decision to remove the call boxes," Acting Executive Director Sam Donelson said in a statement.
The current boxes were powered in the field after a user pulled down a lever, then pushed a button labeled "Police" or "Service." The button would then activate an electric motor to produce a radio transmission.
The SJTA says an acknowledgement of the transmission was then sent back to the call box in the form of a beep-like sound, which may not have been understood by the user as confirmation their transmission actually was sent.
The removal of the call boxes is expected to take 90 days.
Waking up to dense fog today. Poor visibility slowing us down.
But at least it's mild. Temps are about 15-degrees above average today, despite the continued clouds & drizzle. High in the lower 60s.
Our next cold front comes through tomorrow, with rain, especially on Friday afternoon. With the blast of cold air that follows, we'll probably have a dry day on Saturday, and the chance of a Sunday wintry mix into the afternoon and evening. Stay tuned!