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Traffic Signals Ready for Holiday Shoppers in Northern Virginia
Traffic Signals Ready for Holiday Shoppers in Northern Virginia

From VDOT News:

FREDERICKSBURG—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will activate its annual holiday traffic signal timing pattern to help motorists travel around 16 major shopping centers in Northern Virginia from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

Holiday signal timing in Northern Virginia has been in place for more than a decade to accommodate a seasonal influx of vehicles near shopping areas. The temporary pattern is created using time- and intersection-specific traffic data from previous years.

VDOT adjusts the signal timing at more than 200 intersections in Northern Virginia. Engineers will also use traffic cameras to monitor conditions around especially congested areas such as Tysons Corner and make adjustments to help keep traffic moving.

Holiday signal timing will be in effect from Nov. 24, 2011 through Jan. 1, 2012 at the following shopping centers:

• Tysons and Galleria Shopping Centers
• Reston Town Center
• Fair Lakes Shopping Center
• Fair Oaks Mall
• Potomac Mills Mall
• Manassas Mall
• Route 234 shopping centers
• Springfield Mall
• Cascades Town Center
• Potomac Run Center
• Dulles Town Center
• Leesburg Outlets
• Dulles 28 Centre
• Central Park Shopping Center
• Spotsylvania Town Centre

In addition to timing signals, VDOT offers shoppers the following tips for staying safe and avoiding traffic:

• Put down the cell phone, especially while exiting/entering a shopping center and angling for a parking space.
• Avoid multiple trips to the mall. Consider getting shopping done all in one day, with an early start around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m.
• At Tysons Corner, check out traffic conditions and bus routes before leaving the mall on any of five TV screens located near the movie theatres, Barnes and Noble and Macy’s. The screens were installed in 2009 as part of the Megaprojects effort to keep traffic moving around Tysons during High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes and Dulles Rail construction.
• Check www.511virginia.org before leaving home, and sign up for e-mail, text or Twitter updates for real-time traffic information.

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