VDOT signs tell travel times to Virginia Beach, Outer Banks

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Associated Press | 13News

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 23 at 5:13 PM

SUFFOLK (AP) -- New road signs in Virginia will help drivers choose the quickest route to the Virginia Beach oceanfront and North Carolina's Outer Banks.

The Virginia Department of Transportation unveiled six new electronic message signs in the Hampton Roads area on Wednesday.

VDOT will display current travel times in minutes for two different routes. The six signs will be posted at strategic decision points in Newport News, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

Travel time information will also be available at safety rest areas and welcome centers in Fredericksburg, Skippers and New Kent County to help motorists traveling from Washington and Richmond.

VDOT also launched the next generation of 511 traffic information. A free mobile app will give real-time traffic information and the new 511 website has live streaming video of traffic conditions.

Officials say since its inception in 2002, 511 Virginia has received more than 11 million calls and 8 million website visits. The 511 Virginia service typically receives 200,000 calls each month.

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