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Virginia to install more traffic time signs on Interstate 66

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Local,Liz Essley,Metro and Traffic

Commuters on Interstate 66 will see nine new signs displaying estimated travel times, starting Tuesday.

Virginia already provides three of the digital signs between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville. The state is adding seven more. They show an upcoming location, the distance to the location and the estimated time to get there.

"This will give motorists continually updated information on traffic conditions ahead, allowing them to take more control over their commute," Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. "Northern Virginia has the most congested roads in the nation and too many hours and dollars are wasted sitting in traffic."

The state will add six more signs by summer, officials said.

The signs will display information weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The locations for the signs to be up next week are:

Eastbound I-66:

- East of Route 234, with the travel time to the Vienna Metro

- At the Fairfax County Parkway, with the travel time to I-495

- Near Route 50, with the travel time to Washington, D.C.

Westbound I-66:

- At Sycamore Street, with the travel time to I-495

- Before the Beltway, with the travel time to Route 50

- West of Route 123, with the travel time to Route 234 Business

- At Monument Drive, with the travel time to Route 29 in Gainesville

- Just west of the Fairfax County Parkway, with the travel time to Route 29 in Gainesville

- Just west of the Rest Area with the travel time to Route 15 in Haymarket.

lessley@washingtonexaminer.com

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