Wrong Way Warning System to be installed at I-94/Sargent Road interchange near Jackson

Contact: Aaron Jenkins, MDOT Office of Communications, 517-243-9075
Agency: Transportation

Fast facts:

  • MDOT is installing a Wrong Way Alert System at the I-94/Sargent Road interchange east of Jackson.
  • Cameras detecting wrong-way vehicles will activate high-intensity LED lights to warn drivers.
  • Wrong-way crashes are considered the most serious type of collisions.

November 19, 2018 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is installing a safety system at the eastbound I-94 exit ramp to Sargent Road east of Jackson. The Wrong Way Alert System is designed to help prevent motorists from driving the wrong way on freeways. Cameras in the system detect when a car is driving toward it; when that happens, high-intensity red LED flasher lights mounted on each of the wrong way signs are activated, warning drivers that they are going the wrong way.           

"Wrong-way crashes are considered the most serious type of traffic collisions," said Jackson Transportation Service Center Manager Kelby Wallace. "This alert system is the first of its kind in our region and is part of our mission to increase safety and prevent crashes. Safety is paramount to MDOT."

The Wrong Way Alert System at this interchange includes six devices to inform drivers that they are going the wrong way. MDOT has been evaluating these new countermeasures as part of its Toward Zero Deaths safety campaign.