Virginia Traffic

Northern Virginia’s roads are among the most clogged in the country.

Loudoun County, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT,) on Monday deployed an intelligent transportation system (ITS) which includes color, closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) and dynamic message signs (DMS) at five locations, according to an Oct. 15 release.

By connecting the CCTV cameras, VDOT’s Transportation Operations Center can stay updated on incidents on the roads and share accurate information with the public, traffic reporters and law enforcement and fire-rescue agencies, officials said in the release.

In addition, information from Loudoun County roads will be tied into the VDOT’s regional transportation operation network, the release states. The signs will enable drivers to be better informed and make safer and more coordinated commuting decisions.

The county has installed the ITS devices at what they said are key locations:

- Route 50 east of Tall Cedar Parkway

- Route 50 east of Loudoun County Parkway

- Route 50 east of Stone Spring Boulevard

- Loudoun County Parkway north of Route 50

- Route 7 Bypass west of Route 15

Each site will have two dynamic messaging signs — one facing in each direction of traffic, — a CCTV camera on a pole extension and a cabinet for the ITS equipment, the release states. The equipment will be placed in the median of the roadway. The DMS and CCTV cameras will be integrated into the VDOT statewide 511 system so users can get the most updated information, which can be accessed through the VDOT website, by telephone or a smartphone app.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved and allocated monies in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget for the project. The county completed the design in September 2020 and VDOT administered the project’s construction.

VDOT offered surplus ITS equipment to the county from the recently decommissioned I-66 Active Traffic Management System, which saves the county the expense of purchasing new units and furthers the sustainable practice of repurposing equipment.

Loudoun County provides traffic alerts through Alert Loudoun, the county’s email and text notification system. To sign up for the “Loudoun Traffic and Road Closures” category, visit loudoun.gov/alert.

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cjh1

And how much did that cost?

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