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Sept. 10, 2008
TRAFFIC SIGNAL TIMING PROJECT PROGRESSING IN THE WINCHESTER-FREDERICK COUNTY AREA
The signal work is in the following locations:
• Route 522 at Indian Hollow Road.
• Route 522 at Apple Pie Ridge Road
• Route 522 at Route 37 southbound on and off ramps
• Route 522 at Route 37 northbound on and off ramps
• Route 522 at Fox Drive
• Route 522 at Rivendell Court
• Route 11 at Park Center Drive
• Route 11 at Crown Lane
• Route 11 at Welltown Road
• Route 11 at I-81 northbound on-ramp
• Route 11 at WalMart and FEMA building entrance
Currently the contractors are performing field testing and studying optimization travel time.
The previous signal timing optimization work was completed in the spring of 2008 at the following locations:
• Route 7 – Signals at both Interstate 81 ramps, Getty Lane, Regency Lakes Drive, Millbrook Road, Greenwood Road and Woods Mill Road.
• Route 11 south at Route 37 – Signals at Shawnee Drive, Apple Valley Road, Hood Way and Commonwealth Court.
• Route 50 west of Winchester – Signals at both Route 37 ramps, Ward, and Round Hill.
• Route 50/522/17 – Signals at Frontage Road, both I-81 ramps. On Route 50 at Tulane Drive, Prince Frederick Drive. On Route 522 at Delco Plaza and Costello Drive.
The new signal work for Route 522 will cost $37,000 and the new signal work for Route 11 will cost $42,140. Both contracts are with Whitman, Requardt and Assoc. LLP of Baltimore. The work is part of a priority list for signal optimization that was established by VDOT. Optimizing signal timing can potentially improve traffic flow, cause fewer emissions and contribute to fuel savings to the motorist. These benefits will be the result of fewer traffic stops while traveling through the coordinated corridors.
It is anticipated that motorists will experience at 5 to 15 percent improvement in travel time, yielding a 5 to 15 reduction in emissions and fuel consumption and up to a 30 percent reduction in vehicle stops along the coordinated corridor.
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