VDOT to display travel times on I-95

These electronic signs will display estimated travel times along I-95 in Virginia. (Courtesy of VDOT)

Max Smith, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – If you’ve ever been sitting in traffic, wondering when to tell your family you’ll be home for dinner, you may appreciate the new information coming to I-95.

Starting Monday, the Virginia Department of Transportation is putting travel time estimates on the overhead signs at seven highly-trafficked locations.

Northbound, drivers will see the travel time to the Beltway on signs at Route 234 and Route 123. The travel time to the D.C. line will be posted at the Fairfax County Parkway.

Southbound drivers near the Pentagon will see travel time to the Beltway, then, just before reaching 495, the time to Route 123

Near the Fairfax County Parkway, a sign will show the travel time to Route 234, and near Lorton you’ll see the travel time to Route 3 in Fredericksburg.

The times will be posted from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.

VDOT started similar signs on I-66 this summer, and Maryland expanded its program last year.

But some Maryland drivers complained about the signs after they debuted, saying that people were slowing down to look up and read them, which caused delays.

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