Morning commuters can rely on new exit sign for WB I-66

WASHINGTON — As the old song goes: “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.” But, in the case of some drivers on one often-clogged local highway, this is one sign they should like.

As part of the Active Traffic Management system, drivers during the morning rush now have a dedicated exit lane from westbound Interstate 66 to northbound Route 28.

Those familiar with that stretch as part of their morning commute know that traffic often bogs down as drivers try to exit at Route 28 while other motorists merge in and out of traffic to avoid the backup.

Now, from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. weekdays, overhead lane control signs direct drivers exiting to 28 to use the far right lane, while through-traffic should use the other three lanes.

In a news release, the Virginia Department of Transportation says that since 2013, 54 crashes were reported along that part of I-66, involving 135 vehicles. Of those crashes, 47 — or 87 percent — were in good weather.

VDOT asks that motorists be alert and follow the new signs accordingly.

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