Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that beginning April 2, 2013, Interstate 66 motorists will see travel times displayed on overhead message signs for the 35 miles from Washington to Haymarket. Since August 2011, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has posted the number of miles and minutes to key destinations at three locations between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville. Message signs will display the information at nine new locations.
"This will give motorists continually updated information on traffic conditions ahead, allowing them to take more control over their commute," said Governor McDonnell. "Northern Virginia has the most congested roads in the nation and too many hours and dollars are wasted sitting in traffic. Thankfully, together with the General Assembly we have taken historic action this year to produce a long-term, sustainable transportation funding solution. We must continue to encourage innovative solutions, like this, in order to build the world class, 21st century transportation network Virginians deserve.
Eastbound I-66 travel times will be posted on overhead signs:
East of Route 234, with the travel time to the Vienna Metro
At the Fairfax County Parkway, with the travel time to I-495
Near Route 50, with the travel time to Washington, D.C.
Westbound I-66 travel times will be posted on overhead signs:
At Sycamore Street, with the travel time to I-495
Before the Beltway, with the travel time to Route 50
West of Route 123, with the travel time to Route 234 Business
At Monument Drive, with the travel time to Route 29 in Gainesville
Just west of the Fairfax County Parkway, with the travel time to Route 29 in Gainesville
Just west of the Rest Area with the travel time to Route 15 in Haymarket.
In addition, by summer, six more locations will be added: two on I-66 and four locations on major roads approaching I-66.
Travel times will be displayed weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
VDOT is using traffic data from Inrix and other sources to determine the travel times. Traffic controllers at the Public Safety Transportation Operations Center in Fairfax County will ensure the travel times are successfully relayed to the electronic message signs and are accurately refreshed every five minutes.
On I-95, VDOT has provided travel times since September 2011 at seven locations between Washington and Fredericksburg.