The Washington Times - August 3, 2011, 12:05PM

Starting Aug. 22, Northern Virginia drivers will be able to see travel times on Interstate 66 between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville to see if they want to pursue alternate routes, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office announced Wednesday.

“In order to continue to positively address our transportation challenges and bring additional relief to drivers in our most congested regions, we must use every tool available. This includes new technology that will help improve traffic flow,” Gov. McDonnell said. “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. 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.”


Starting Aug. 22, motorists will see travel times posted at I-66 East just east of Route 28, to display the travel time to I-495, I-66 West west of Route 50 to display the time to Gainesville, and I-66 West just west of Route 7100, also to display the travel time to Gainesville.

Times will be displayed weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If the two-month program is successful, it will be expanded to other areas of the state.