Drivers who use Interstate 66 will be able to estimate their commute times under a traffic pilot program by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
VDOT is installing three electronic signs between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville that estimate travel times on the crowded corridor. The idea is to help commuters decide whether to seek an alternative route home.
“VDOT is using technology and lessons from other travel times projects around the country and in the commonwealth to implement this pilot project in phases,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “VDOT will gather feedback from citizens on the initial phase to help ensure Virginia is providing the best service and value for this technology initiative.”
If the two-month pilot program is successful, it may be expanded to other interstates and highways in Virginia.
The travel times will be posted in three locations:
• I-66 East, just east of Route 28, to display the travel time to the Beltway.
• I-66 West, just west of Route 50, to display the travel time to Gainesville
• I-66 West, just west of Route 7100, to display the travel time to Gainesville
Travel times will be displayed weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.