Jennifer Gwaltney 757-925-2583
July 12, 2012
VDOT Moves Forward with Adaptive Traffic Control
New technology to control traffic signals along George Washington Memorial Highway in York County
YORK COUNTY – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has installed new technology to control ten traffic signals along George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) in York County between Ella Taylor Road and Freedom Boulevard (Route 634). The new technology, known as InSync, changes the signal indications based on real-time vehicle demand. The goal is for motorists to spend less time waiting at red lights and to facilitate smoother traffic flow along the corridor.
The signals are scheduled to change over to the InSync adaptive traffic control technology on Friday, July 13. Motorists traveling on George Washington Memorial Highway can expect fewer stops at traffic signals in both directions between Ella Taylor Road and Freedom Boulevard, while motorists turning onto George Washington Memorial Highway from side streets can expect shorter delays for traffic signals to turn green.
The new technology is a step forward to easing congestion and spending less time in traffic, which is directly equated to less fuel consumption. “This new system should be a win-win investment for everyone,” noted Sal Sibilia, VDOT’s Eastern Region Operations and Maintenance Manager. “Not only will the public see savings in time and money, but VDOT anticipates a significant long-term cost savings in the reduced need to re-time traffic signals every few years as traffic volumes increase along the corridor and traffic patterns change.” The cost of the system is comparable to most video detection systems found at a traffic signal.
VDOT will conduct before and after studies and continue to evaluate and adjust the adaptive control signal system over the next few weeks. For more information about the project, please visit: www.virginiadot.org/projects.
Motorists are encouraged to visit www.va511.org, call 511, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information.
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