Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Oct. 26, 2015

VDOT launches travel time messages in Southwest Virginia

BRISTOL - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will post approximate travel times for morning and afternoon commutes for Roanoke, Wytheville and Bristol along Interstate 81 in southwest Virginia starting the first week of November, giving motorists a preview of traffic conditions on the road ahead.

VDOT uses real-time traffic data gathered from Inrix and multiple technologies to show the approximate length of time to drive between two points along I-81, I-77 or I-581/Route 220 Expressway.

For each travel time message, VDOT will post the distance in miles between the sign and the destination shown on the sign. The message will show the amount of time in minutes it took a motorist to travel between the two points. The message signs will be refreshed every five minutes.

Travel time messages will be displayed on approximately 25 message boards in southwestern Virginia along Interstate 81 and 77 as well as I-581/Route 220 Expressway. 

In the event of an incident or work zone, VDOT may temporarily suspend the travel time messages to display a higher priority message.

Travel times can change rapidly due to a crash, work zone, or additional traffic entering the interstate between the start and end point for a specific distance. Motorists are encouraged to use 511Virginia to learn more about road conditions in real-time.

Travel time messages posted on each sign can also be viewed through or the 511Virginia free mobile app.

VDOT has deployed travel time messaging along Interstate 66, Interstate 395, I-95, and on multiple interstates in Richmond and Hampton Roads.  (END)

Sample messages:


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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