Britt Drewes Farrar 804-225-4491
Aug. 27, 2008
VIRGINIA'S NEW STATE MAP IS AVAILABLE
Map encourages travelers to “get away” to Virginia for vacations
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The new map, which is free of charge, is available online and can be ordered on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT’s) Web site at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/maps-default.asp. Maps are available at state Welcome Centers and local and regional visitor centers.
The new maps will also be available at VDOT offices this fall. To find a local VDOT office, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/about/districts.asp.
“Virginia’s new state transportation map is another way that VDOT is giving motorists the information they need to make educated travel decisions,” said VDOT Commissioner David S. Ekern. “With tools like our recently improved 511 service and this new map, VDOT is working to make it easier than ever for motorists to save time, gas and stress while traveling around Virginia.”
The map celebrates a variety of activities that can be enjoyed while vacationing in the Old Dominion. VDOT collaborated with the Virginia Tourism Corporation to develop the “Get Away” theme represented through the map’s images and text.
Notable additions to the 2008-2010 map include National Bike Routes 1 and 76, the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park in Middlesex County, the Great Meadow equestrian event site in Fauquier County and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Henrico County. More than 140 cartographic changes were made, including the depiction of completed or widened highways.
In addition to the new state map, travelers can also use VDOT’s free, improved 511 system to access continuously updated traffic and travel information any time, any place.
Motorists can access 511 by:
- Going online to www.511virginia.org
- Receiving personalized traffic information via e-mail, text pager, BlackBerry, PDA or other mobile device
- By calling 511 from a cell phone or land line
A map showing the state’s highway system is required by Virginia law – (http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+33.1-36).
A map of the state's road network has been published since 1922, before some roads were even assigned a number. It wasn’t until 1928 that a more detailed map was produced.
The map was extremely popular, and within just a few months the first 50,000 copies were gone.
By 1929, the demand jumped to 150,000. This year, 2.5 million maps were printed.
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.