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March 23, 2009
VDOT SIGNAL TIMING COORDINATION WORK CONTINUES TO BRING LOCAL BENEFITS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
There are several benefits of the signal optimization work. Per week motorists should see a 17 per cent time savings; a 52 percent reduction in signal stops; 1483 pounds of saved emissions and 2301 gallons of fuel saved.
Here are the following locations that received traffic signal timing coordination operations in late 2008 and early 2009:
• Route 250 (Jefferson Highway) in Fishersville – Signals at Route 638 (Desper Hollow Road), Route 358 (Woodrow Wilson Avenue), Route 642 (Mule Academy Road), Windward Point, Route 608 (Long Meadow Road), Route 285 (Tinkling Spring Road), Route 640 (White Bridge Road).
• Route 340 (Stuarts Draft Highway) in Stuarts Draft – Signals at Route 657 (Indian Ridge Road), Route 654 (White Hill Road), Windmill Shopping Center, Route 608 (Tinkling Spring Road/Draft Avenue), Route 1512 (Gloucester Road), Route 649 (Augusta Farms Road/Locust Grove Lane), Route 9030 (School Boulevard) and Route 635 (Mount Vernon Road).
• Route 340/522 in Front Royal – Signals at I-66 ramps, Crooked Run Boulevard/Country Club Road
• Route 340 in Front Royal – Signals at Skyline High School and Route 619 (Rivermont Drive)
• Route 11 in Woodstock – Signals at North Street, Court Street and Spring Street.
• Route 11 in Strasburg – Signals at Route 648 (Holiday Street) and Route 55 (Old Valley Pike)/Route 1203 (Massanutten Street).
• Route 42 in Strasburg – Signals at the Wal-Mart entrance, I-81 Ramps, Route 686 (Ox Road) and Route 11.
• Route 211 in New Market – Signals at Route 1003 (Cadet Road/Seminary Road), Route 1002 (Old Valley Pike) and Route 11 (North and South Congress Street).
• Route 11 (Martinsburg Pike) – Signals at Cives Lane, Crown Lane, Welltown Road, I-81 ramps and I-81 ramps at Redbud and Merchant Street.
• Route 277 (Fairfax Pike) Stephens City – Signals at Route 11 (Valley Pike)/Route 631 (Main Street), I-81 ramps, Route 647 (Aylor Road), Route 1120 (Town Run Lane), Route 1085 (Stickley Drive) and Route 641 (Double Church Road)
• Route 522 south of Winchester – Signals at Route 644 (Papermill Road) and Justes Drive.
• Route 522 north of Winchester – Signals at Indian Hollow Road, Apple Pike Ridge Road, Route 37 ramps, Fox Drive and Westminster Canterbury Drive.
Previous signal timing optimization work in Frederick County was completed in the spring of 2008 at the following locations:
• Route 7 – Signals at both Interstate 81 ramps, Getty Lane, Regency Lakes Drive, Millbrook Road, Greenwood Road and Woods Mill Road.
• Route 11 south at Route 37 – Signals at Shawnee Drive, Apple Valley Road, Hood Way and Commonwealth Court.
• Route 50 west of Winchester – Signals at both Route 37 ramps, Ward, and Round Hill.
• Route 50/522/17 – Signals at Frontage Road, both I-81 ramps. On Route 50 at Tulane Drive, Prince Frederick Drive. On Route 522 at Delco Plaza and Costello Drive.
The signal optimization work in late 2008 and early 2009 cost and was completed through a contract valued at $250,000 with Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. of Virginia Beach.
Work done in early 2008 is valued at $37,000, and signal work for Route 11 is valued at $42,140. Both contracts were with Whitman, Requardt and Assoc. LLP of Baltimore in partnership with the City of Winchester.
The work is part of a priority list for signal optimization that was established by VDOT. Signal retiming and coordination is a cost effective way to improve traffic flow along a corridor. The coordination work implements a timing plan, allowing groups of vehicles to travel through a series of traffic signals with minimal or no stopping. Signal optimization potentially increases safety since vehicles stop less often, which reduces the probability of rear-end crashes. Ancillary environmental benefits can be realized through lower vehicle emissions and reduced travel costs saving money and gas through fewer signal stops.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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