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Nov. 24, 2010

VDOT’s annual holiday timing plan set for sixteen popular shopping centers

CHANTILLY—From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is timing signals to help move motorists through major shopping centers around northern Virginia.

Using traffic data gathered during last year’s holiday season, VDOT developed time- and location-specific signal-timing plans at 207 intersections. “The plans are designed to accommodate changing traffic patterns from the influx in shoppers,” said Ling Li, Operations Engineering Manager at VDOT’s Transportation Operations Center. “The goal is to minimize backups into shopping centers and maximize traffic flow around them.”

VDOT has been timing signals for holiday shoppers for more than ten years, and this year two additional shopping centers were added to the plan—the Central Park Shopping Center in Fredericksburg and the Spotsylvania Towne Centre. Engineers will also use traffic cameras to monitor conditions around especially congested areas such as Tysons Corner and make adjustments to help keep traffic moving.

Holiday signal timing will be in effect from Nov. 25, 2010 through Jan. 1, 2011 at the following shopping centers:

• Tysons and Galleria Shopping Centers
• Reston Town Center
• Fair Lakes Shopping Center
• Fair Oaks Mall
• Potomac Mills Mall
• Manassas Mall
• Route 234 shopping centers
• Springfield Mall
• Cascades Town Center
• Potomac Run Center
• Dulles Town Center
• Leesburg Outlets
• Dulles 28 Centre
• Central Park Shopping Center
• Spotsylvania Town Centre/Mall

In addition to timing signals, VDOT offers shoppers the following tips for staying safe and avoiding traffic:

• Put down the cell phone, especially while exiting/entering a shopping center and angling for a parking space.
• Avoid multiple trips to the mall. Consider getting shopping done all in one day, with an early start around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m.
• At Tysons Corner, check out traffic conditions and bus routes before leaving the mall on any of five TV screens located near the movie theatres, Barnes and Noble and Macy’s. The screens were installed last year as part of the Megaprojects effort to keep traffic moving around Tysons during High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes and Dulles Rail construction.
• Check before leaving home, and sign up for e-mail, text or Twitter updates for real-time traffic information.

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