Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179
May 21, 2014
DUAL TRAVEL TIMES TO BE DISPLAYED DURING SUMMER WEEKENDS
New messages will begin Memorial Day weekend
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – In preparation for summer travel, drivers along the I-95, I-295 and I-64 corridors in the Richmond District will see new messages that display approximate travel times to reach the Williamsburg area and Virginia Beach.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) began testing these messages May 16-18 in preparation for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Similar messaging has proved successful in areas such as Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads in providing accurate, real-time travel time information to drivers, allowing them to choose whether to continue on their route or take an alternate. Travel times also reduce trip-related anxiety and traffic congestion.
“The Richmond area is experiencing more and more beach traffic and we want to keep drivers informed,” said Robb Alexander, regional operations director. “These new messages will allow drivers to make the best decision for their travel.” Drivers can expect travel times to be regularly displayed during daylight hours beginning Fridays at noon through Sundays at 10 p.m., with additional times during holidays as needed.
In the event of a traffic incident or a work zone, the Traffic Operations Center in Chester has the ability to override the travel time messages and display higher priority messages. VDOT will also have opportunities to combine the higher priority messages with travel times to give drivers a more accurate picture of the traffic situation through Richmond.
I-95 Richmond travel time Frequently Asked Questions are available at http://bit.ly/1niZIhT.
To view real-time messages displayed on overhead signs, traffic camera images or road conditions, visit VDOT’s 24-hour traffic and travel information website, www.511Virginia.org.
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