At noon on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will flip the switch on their Active Traffic Management system along Interstate 66 from the DC border to Gainesville. DMY Engineering Consultants Inc. (DMY) is proud to have been involved with this important project to help bring relief to commuters on the busy highway. Throughout the life of the project, DMY employees were on site, offering 24-hour coverage as they provided quality control testing, inspections and related services. DMY also provided drilling services, often on short notice, for the support of structural analysis and design at limited access location.
The Active Traffic Management program involved the installation of signage along I-66. This signage will inform commuters of the conditions along the route, to allow them to make better decisions well in advance of any traffic issue. The system will provide red “X” lane relief, opening the shoulder lanes to commuters during heavy traffic periods, will provide advanced notice of lane conditions, allowing commuters to know which lanes are blocked or closed miles before they arrive at that point, will include more cameras along the route to allow transportation officials and law enforcement to more quickly respond to problems, and includes ramp meter upgrades to better manage traffic merging onto I-66 during rush hour.