Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Oct. 29, 2010
VDOT RE-OPTIMIZES SIGNALS IN PRINCE WILLIAM
Smoother traffic flow for heavily congested corridors
CHANTILLY—Starting this weekend, motorists should notice smoother traffic flow on several major roads in eastern Prince William County where 75 signals have been re-optimized to minimize delays, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The signal network is updated every two years to keep pace with changing traffic patterns and demand.
The 75 signals are located along Prince William Parkway, Minnieville Road, Dale Boulevard and Smoketown Road which provide access to Interstate 95, Potomac Mills and many other retail, residential and office developments. Signals have four timing plans for weekdays – a.m. rush, mid-day, p.m. rush and off-peak – and four timing plans for weekends. Signal times for Saturdays are different than those on Sundays.
“During the optimization process, we collect traffic volume data and make sure green time is optimally allocated to each approach, based on the new traffic demand,” said VDOT Operations Engineering Manager Ling Li. “It’s a constant balancing act and a challenge but the overarching goal is to have minimum stops or delays along a corridor.”
In addition to the signals, engineers carefully rechecked and updated pedestrian timings at each intersection.
Prior to the re-timings, engineers conducted travel time runs on Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway and will repeat those runs in November to compare travel times.
In August, 102 signals were re-optimized on Routes 1, 123, Old Bridge Road, Dumfries Road and Prince William Parkway. Before-and-after travel time runs on Route 1 and Old Bridge Road indicate that motorists are saving one to two minutes during peak travel times.
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