Sundra Hominik 804-524-6094
Aug. 2, 2012
RICHMOND TRAFFIC OPERATIONS CENTER EXPANDS
Changes improve center’s ability to serve the public
COLONIAL HEIGHTS— The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently expanded the Richmond Traffic Operations Center (TOC) in Chester to better serve the public.
Among the changes completed this month:
- Doubled the size of the center’s video wall to allow staff to better monitor traffic in the areas that it serves, which includes all of VDOT’s Richmond District (14 counties and 4 cities); 12 counties of the Fredericksburg District; and the portion of I-95 in the Hampton Roads District.
- Improved the center’s backup generator capability and lighting to increase reliability during inclement weather and other emergencies.
- Reconfigured the work area to accommodate staff needed to dispatch units of the Safety Service Patrols.
“These behind-the-scenes changes and others related to this spring’s upgrades to the 511 and VDOT’s Reach the Beach programs are part of our continued effort to keep Virginia moving,” said Robb Alexander, Regional Traffic Operations Manager.
The TOC operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week dispatching and coordinating functions for transportation emergencies within the 26 counties in central Virginia. Another significant responsibility is updating of accident, work zone, and road weather information, which flows to the public through VDOT’s 511 system. Staff at the Richmond TOC operate and maintain 54 traffic cameras, 15 permanent overhead variable message signs, 13 trailer-mounted variable message signs, six highway advisory radio sites and 10 pavement sensors.
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