HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin displaying commuter travel times on overhead electronic message signs starting Feb. 7.
According to a news release from Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Office, the travel times will be shown on six existing 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,” Governor McAuliffe said in the news release.
The displays are intended to provide accurate, up to date travel time information for drivers. Similar messages are already being used in Northern Virginia and Richmond.
According to McAuliffe’s office, 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
Similar travel times were displayed in Hampton Roads in 2012 with the six “Reach the Beach” signs along Interstates 64, 264, 664, and Route 168.
WAVY News’ Deanna LeBlanc put the signs to the test Friday morning. She reports the times posted were accurate within one or two minutes.
VDOT receives travel time data for Virginia from INRIX, a company providing real-time traffic information.