Highway Advisory Radio sign near Pensacola.
FHP’s new Highway Advisory Radio System (HAR) is now up and running and available for motorists entering Florida on Interstates 10, 75 and 95 in the northern part of the state. The HAR System was funded through a grant received from the Florida Department of Transportation’s State Safety Office. Designed and installed by American Signal Company of Atlanta, the project is being managed by the FHP’s Office of Public Affairs. The HAR system, which consists of three separate radio transmitters and antennae, is installed at each of the Florida Welcome Centers along the three interstates.
The HAR system is designed to provide motorists with valuable travel information. Now, when motorists traveling into the state see the posted signs and tune in, they will hear a welcome message from Governor Jeb Bush, traffic safety information from Colonel Chris Knight, and general road construction information from Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Barry. In addition, the HAR system is designed as an emergency system, capable of transmitting urgent messages to alert motorists of a traffic-related emergency, such as serious road hazards due to planned road closures or construction projects.
In the near future, large permanent signs will be erected in place of the current portable message boards to allow for greater visibility by motorists. In addition, solar-powered flashing beacons will be added to each sign to alert motorists of a traffic emergency.