VDOT to Begin Project to Update Traffic System on I-64

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. -- VDOT is working on a project that would upgrade the traffic system on I-64 in the Afton Mountain area.

The project comes after an analysis and study done in 2006, which was verified two years ago.

The “Afton Mountain Crash Analysis and Speed Study” was finished on July 19, 2006 by VDOT, HSMM Transportation and Wilbur Smith & Associates.

This multimillion dollar project has two phases.

VDOT wants to update how they communicate with drivers, which would include putting in power for junction boxes.

The second phases would put electronic speed limit signs in place.

Those speeds would be reduced whenever visibility gets low.

As far as fog conditions, they'll be working on updating the power cables to help the fog lights..

VDOT expects to start working with the design contractor who is awarded the project bid by November 6th.

They will also be adding more traffic cameras.

One concern includes vehicles traveling too fast. through the S-curve area near mile marker 99.

"Multi-vehicle crashes due to weather conditions such as fog, people driving too fast for conditions. Even with the fog lights we've had that to occur. What we've seen from the crash history has been a lot of animal crashes mainly deer crashes," said Matthew Shiley, Regional Operations Director.

They're working on a separate study to see how they can cut down on the animal related crashes.

Those crashes are over five times the state average.

The project to upgrade the traffic systems will be about a two year project.

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