Loudoun County supervisors have approved a million-dollar project to put up eight signs displaying travel times for commuter routes along the Rt. 50 corridor.
The Virginia Department of Transportation took down its Active Traffic Management system on Rt. 66 when the road was expanded for express lanes and tolling. VDOT kept the electronic signs that used to stand along the interstate, and according to a county report, those signs still have years of use left in them. County transportation staff members plan to erect those signs and new traffic cameras at four spots on or near Rt. 50.
The signs will be near Rt. 50’s intersections with Gum Spring Road, Loudoun County Parkway, and near the Fairfax County line, with another sign on Loudoun County Parkway near Evergreen Mills Road.
The money comes from the budget for an existing “Intelligent Transportation System” project, which also targets more traffic camera coverage, integration with Waze, responsive traffic signal timing, and autonomous shuttles.
Self-driving shuttles are planned for the Merrifield area in Fairfax County, to ferry passengers for free between the Dunn Loring Metro stop and Mosaic District. Loudoun County staff members are studying the possibility.
The signs will be installed by VOT contractors, and controlled from the VDOT’s regional Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center, which operates all of the agency’s Intelligent Transportation System systems in Northern Virginia. Its camera feeds will also be sent there for better information about traffic conditions nearby.
“I realize that ‘Intelligent Transportation’ and ‘Route 50’ don’t normally belong in the same sentence,” wrote Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) in a Facebook post announcing the vote. He described the project as an “incremental improvement” while he works on a Rt. 50 northern collector/bypass project—a project he proposed in 2018 to build a road connecting to Rt. 28 on Dulles Airport property.