Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Nov. 25, 2009
NORTHERN VIRGINIA TRAFFIC SIGNALS READY FOR SHOPPERS
Annual holiday timing plan moves motorists through 14 major shopping areas
CHANTILLY—As shoppers hit the streets this holiday weekend, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will flip the switch on its annual traffic signal timing plan for fourteen major shopping centers around Northern Virginia.
Using traffic data gathered during last year’s holiday season, VDOT developed several time- and location-specific signal timing plans at 188 intersections. The plans are designed to accommodate changing traffic patterns from the increase in shoppers—minimizing backups into shopping centers and maximizing traffic flow around them.
While VDOT has been timing signals for holiday shoppers for more than ten years, two things are different about this year’s plan. “We will adjust the timing beginning on Thanksgiving Day this year, one day earlier than usual,” said Ling Li, Operations Engineering Manager at VDOT’s Transportation Operations Center. “We’ve also added two new shopping centers to the plan—the Leesburg Outlets and Dulles 28 Centre in Loudoun County.” Engineers will also use traffic cameras to monitor conditions around especially congested areas such as Tysons Corner and make adjustments to help keep traffic moving.
Holiday signal timing will be in effect at the following shopping centers from Nov. 26, 2009 through Jan. 1, 2010:
Tysons and Galleria Shopping Center
Reston Town Center
Fair Lakes Shopping Center
Fair Oaks Mall
Potomac Mills Mall
Route 234 shopping centers
Cascades Town Center
Potomac Run Center
Dulles Town Center
Dulles 28 Centre
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