VDOT uses technology to combat tourist-jammed tunnels during the summer

Posted at 4:49 PM, May 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-11 20:56:26-04

If you are tired of sitting in brake lights, especially during the summer, you are going to love this.

VDOT is rolling out a new high-tech way to help you pick the right tunnel.

By Memorial Day, signs will line I-64 East on the Peninsula.

They give you a real-time look at how long it will take to get through the HRBT or the Monitor Merrimac.

VDOT says daily commuters know the quickest routes and the alternates, but visitors don't.

By making it easier on tourists to navigate the tunnels, VDOT hopes everyone benefits.

How is VDOT able to track traffic? With the technology that's in your car.

Every time you punch a destination into your GPS, VDOT is tracking your speed and using that data to calculate traffic flows and they determine how long it'll take for you to get to the Beach.

VDOT says they're tracking just the GPS, not the driver. The long summer back-ups at the tunnels are just weeks away.

New signs will be up in time to combat the tourist-jammed tunnels.