Thursday, February 6, 2014

Governor McAuliffe Announces Posted Commuter Travel Times Starting in Hampton Roads

McAuliffe speaking at Frying Pan Park in Hernd...
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Hampton Roads-- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that beginning on Friday, February 7that 5:00am, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will display travel times on six existing overhead electronic message signs in Hampton Roads.

“Deploying travel time technology is a common sense way for the Commonwealth to serve Virginians better by offering them more information about traffic conditions and which routes offer the smoothest trip,” said Governor McAuliffe.

Similar messages are being used in the Northern Virginia and Richmond areas. These displays provide accurate, up to date travel time information for drivers and allow them to choose their routes according to the most current traffic conditions. Travel times also reduce trip-related anxiety and traffic congestion.

Travel times debuted in Hampton Roads in the summer of 2012 with the six Reach the Beach static signs along Interstates 64, 264, 664 and Route 168.

Travel times will be posted at the following locations:

  • I-264 West, at Independence Boulevard, to display the travel time to I-564
  • I-264 West, at Witchduck Road, to display the travel time to the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT)
  • I-64 East, at the end of Willoughby Bridge, to display the travel time to I-264
  • I-64 West at the I-264 Interchange, to display the travel time to HRBT
  • I-64 West, past Greenbrier Parkway, to display the travel time to HRBT
  • I-664 North, before Queen Street, to display the travel time to HRBT

The locations were chosen to introduce the new technology at key destination points. Current travel times will be displayed weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. VDOT will adjust the schedule based on the time of day the messages will be most useful to drivers. High priority messages, such as those regarding incidents, Amber Alerts and construction information, will continue to be displayed on the electronic message signs, and will temporarily override travel time messages.

VDOT acquires current statewide travel time data from INRIX, a leading provider of real-time traffic information. To view overhead electronic sign messages, traffic camera images or road conditions, visit VDOT’s 24-hour traffic and travel information website, Information is also available by calling 511 or following the Hampton Roads 511 feed on Twitter @VaDOTHR.
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