A new traffic tool starts Monday for travelers on I-95 in Virginia. Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that motorists will see travel times displayed on Interstate 95 electronic message signs between Washington, D.C. and Fredericksburg.
Travel times have been displayed on I-66 between I-495 and Gainesville since August.
“Keeping traffic moving in Northern Virginia is a daily challenge that requires the latest technology tools,” said Gov. McDonnell. “Using travel data to display accurate travel times allows motorists to consider taking an alternate route before getting mired in traffic or, at the very least, know what to expect.”
Motorists will see travel times posted at seven locations on I-95, three northbound and four southbound.
Northbound I-95 travel times will be posted on overhead signs:
- At Route 234, with the travel time to the Capital Beltway/I-495
- At Route 123, with the travel time to the Capital Beltway/I495
- At the Fairfax County Parkway, with the travel time to the D.C. line
Southbound I-95 travel times will be posted on overhead signs:
- Near the Pentagon, with the travel time to the Capital Beltway/I-495
- Prior to the Beltway, with the travel time to Route 123
- Near the Fairfax County Parkway, with the travel time to Route 234
- Near Lorton, with the travel time to Route 3 in Fredericksburg
Travel times will be displayed weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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VDOT is using traffic data from Inrix and other sources to determine the travel times, the governor’s office said. Traffic controllers at the Public Safety Transportation Operations Center in Fairfax County will relay the travel times to the message signs, which will refresh every five minutes.
VDOT officials plan to expand the travel time feature to key destinations along other northern Virginia interstates and ultimately to highways throughout the commonwealth.