Ellen Kamilakis 703-259-2220
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Aug. 3, 2016
I-66 OVERHEAD SIGNS CREATE NEW ROUTE 28 EXIT LANE
Active Traffic Management system used to direct drivers, improve safety and traffic flow
CENTREVILLE – To help improve traffic flow and safety in a heavily-congested area, drivers now have a dedicated exit lane from westbound I-66 to northbound Route 28 during the morning rush hour through use of the Active Traffic Management (ATM) system, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
On weekday mornings, traffic often queues as drivers prepare to exit at Route 28, and drivers merge in and out of the lanes to avoid the backup. Now, from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, the overhead lane control signs display full-color route markers over a mile-long section of westbound I-66. Drivers exiting to Route 28 are directed to the right lane, while drivers remaining on I-66 should use the other three lanes. Additional signs will alert drivers to stopped traffic ahead.
Since 2013, there were 54 crashes reported along this stretch involving 135 vehicles. Of those crashes, 47, or 87%, were in good weather.
Motorists are asked to be alert and follow the new signage accordingly.
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