Augusta, Nelson and Albemarle counties - I-64 Active Traffic Safety Management System (ATSMS)
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Contract value $4.8 million
Lengths and Limits
11-miles long; From mile marker 96 to mile marker 107 on I-64.
G4S Technology of Springfield, Va.
Albemarle, Augusta, and Nelson
Greg Cooley, P.E.
The I-64 Afton ATSMS includes numerous improvements:
- A network of dynamic message signs to keep drivers informed of changing traffic and weather conditions.
- Additional traffic cameras that will allow complete surveillance of the corridor by the Staunton Traffic Operations Center, which provides real-time information to drivers through the 511 Virginia system.
- Visibility detection sensors to improve the response and performance of the existing fog-light system.
- Fiber-optics infrastructure that will support future development of variable speed limits based on weather and traffic.
This section of the I-64 corridor has a higher than average traffic crash rate related to fog or wind, including several large multivehicle accidents. The ATSMS project helps to mitigate frequency and severity of crashes related to adverse weather conditions within the corridor.
Keeping drivers informed of road and weather conditions is a key component of the ATSMS project. Dynamic message signs will communicate information gathered in the Staunton Traffic Operations Center from the visibility detection sensors, traffic cameras and traffic detection sensors. All of these systems aggregate atmospheric and roadway surface condition information as well as traffic speed and volumes.
The VDOT TOC for the Northwestern Region, located in Staunton, will be responsible for operation and maintenance of the system. Other key stakeholders in the project will include the Virginia State Police, as well as multiple city and county law enforcement and emergency response agencies that respond to incidents occurring along the corridor.
Benefits of Project
By supplementing exiting intelligent transportation system technologies on Afton Mountain TOC operators will have improved traffic incident management and information sharing capabilities. Drivers will have an improved driving and decision making experience to help achieve lower crash rates along this portion of the I-64 corridor, making the road safer for all who use it.
Mile marker 94 to 107, eastbound and westbound – Shoulder closures Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., for installation of traffic-management system in the Afton Mountain area. Estimated completion Fall 2015.
Route 250 (Three Notched Mountain Highway) – Right shoulder closures near I-64 on-ramps Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for installation of traffic-management system. Estimated completion Sept. 28, 2015.
Route 340 (Rosser Avenue, Waynesboro), northbound and southbound – Right shoulder closures Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., for installation of traffic-management system near I-64 on-ramps. Estimated completion Sept. 28, 2015.
Route 624 (South Delphine Avenue), northbound and southbound – Right shoulder closures Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., for installation of traffic-management system near I-64 on-ramps. Estimated completion Sept. 28, 2015.
An update on the progress of the ATSMS project is available here.
Traffic alerts can also be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page: Staunton District
Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT 511Virginia.org website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone. Click here to go to 511: Virginia 511 Web
The VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.