Jessica Cowardin 804-524-6094
Sept. 2, 2016
TRAVEL TIME SIGNS CAMPAIGN EXPANDED FURTHER IN RICHMOND REGION
New roadside signs will display dual travel times to areas north, south and west of Richmond
SOUTH CHESTERFIELD – Ahead of Labor Day travel, drivers along Interstate 95 and Interstate 64 will see new roadside signage that will display dual travel times to areas encircling the Richmond metro area using I-295 as an alternate route. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently installed and tested the new signage, which offers on-the-road real-time travel information, further expanding the ongoing campaign. These signs are in addition to existing dual travel time signs, overhead message boards and real-time traffic cameras.
In 2014, VDOT began displaying dual travel times to the Hampton Roads and Williamsburg regions by way of travel time signs, which has proven successful for providing real-time traffic information to drivers. The data is provided by multiple technologies, including pavement sensors and commercially available data sources.
Northbound I-95/I-295 travel times are posted:
• Near mile marker 45 (near Rt. 301 at Rives) and will display the travel time to areas north of the Richmond area.
Southbound I-95/I-295 travel times are posted:
• Near mile marker 94 (just north of Ashland) and will display the travel time to areas south of the Richmond area.
Westbound I-64/I-295 travel times are posted:
• Near mile marker 208 (between Talleysville and Bottoms Bridge) and will display the travel time to areas west of the Richmond area.
“Travel conditions change by-the minute, especially in the metro Richmond region,” said Robb Alexander, regional operations director. “Updates in real time are invaluable when you’re on the road and need to make decisions fast. These signs can show drivers their options to avoid travel delays.” Travel times will be displayed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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.
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