Dynamic Message Sign Retrofit Project
|Facilities-Hampton Roads District|
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Neil Reed, Project Manager
About the Project
This is a phased project to "retrofit" a total of 117 electronic message signs in the Hampton Roads District. Retrofitting is a proven technique that allows existing electronic sign structures and sign housings to be reused, rather than replacing the entire signs at each location. The internal electrical and mechanical components are replaced, with lighter, more reliable state-of-the-art technology.
The retrofit process does not require changes in roadway, pavement or soil disturbance.
The process involves removing the signs and replacing the components and electrical wiring. The signs are then reinstalled and field tested before becoming operational again.
The first phase of the project was completed in January 2013, with 44 signs on arterial roadways, and along I-64, I-264 and I-564 replaced at a cost of $6.1 million. The second phase of work on 37 signs on the HOV/Reversible Roadway and the I-264 HOV/Diamond Lanes was completed in March 2013 at a cost of $3.7 million. A third phase of 36 additional signs has been initiated, which will complete the retrofitting of the remaining signs in various locations on arterial roadways and along I-64, I-264, I-464, I-564 and I-664. This third and final phase of the project is scheduled for completion in fall 2013, at a cost of $4.6 million as part of the operations and maintenance contract.