Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
May 1, 2013
TRAVEL TIMES TO BE DISPLAYED ALONG I-95 STARTING MONDAY
VDOT seeking commuter feedback during the testing phase
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Starting Monday, May 6, I-95 commuters will see travel times displayed on five existing overhead message signs between Chesterfield County and Hanover County. Similar message signs have proved successful in areas such as Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads in providing accurate, real-time travel time information to drivers, allowing them to choose whether to continue on their route or take an alternate. Travel times also reduce trip-related anxiety and traffic congestion.
“These new messages will allow drivers to take more control over their commute,” said Robb Alexander, regional operations director. “Although our initial phase focuses on I-95 commuters to downtown Richmond, we intend to add travel times to other message signs in the region after we’ve validated the messaging.”
To ensure the messages and destinations shown are useful to drivers, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is encouraging Richmond commuters to provide feedback about the new travel time messages during the testing phase through May 20 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5MDBNBL. “We will evaluate the feedback and make adjustments to the messaging, if needed, by Memorial Day,” said Alexander.
The five signs that will display the new travel time messages are located:
- I-95 northbound – Just north of Ruffin Mill Road; mile marker 59 in Chesterfield County
- I-95 northbound – Just north of Willis Road; mile marker 66 in Chesterfield County
- I-95 southbound – About four miles south of the Kings Dominion/Route 30 exit; mile marker 94 in Hanover County
- I-95 southbound – Just south of Lewistown Road; mile marker 88 in Hanover County
- I-95 southbound – Just south of Chamberlayne Road; mile marker 81 in Henrico County
Drivers can expect travel times to be regularly displayed during weekday morning and afternoon rush hour (5 a.m.-9 a.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m.) as well as weekday afternoons and on weekends when lane closures are in place for the I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project. VDOT will fine tune the schedule based on what time of day the messages will be most useful to drivers.
VDOT acquires current statewide travel time data from Inrix, a traffic information company. This data comes from fleet systems that use Global Positioning Satellite Systems (GPS) to monitor vehicle location, speed and route. This data is combined with other sources to show a complete picture of the current traffic flow.
In the event of a traffic incident or a work zone, the Traffic Operations Center in Chester has the ability to override the travel time messages and display higher priority messages. VDOT will also have opportunities to combine the higher priority messages with travel times to give drivers a more accurate picture of the traffic situation through Richmond.
To view real-time messages displayed on overhead signs, traffic camera images or road conditions, visit VDOT’s 24-hour traffic and travel information website, www.511Virginia.org. Information is also available by calling 511 or following the central Virginia 511 feed on Twitter @511centralVA.
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