• VDOT to Help Speed Drivers Through Holiday Shopping

    VDOT to Help Speed Drivers Through Holiday Shopping

    I try hard to share the important things in life. Well, for all you holiday shoppers (and everyone who despises sitting in traffic) this PSA from VDOT is for you. Read on ...

    Signals at 14 shopping centers to be timed to accommodate increased traffic

    From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will re-time signals to help drivers enter and exit major shopping centers around northern Virginia more quickly. Using traffic data gathered during last year’s holiday season, VDOT developed time- and location-specific signal-timing plans at 223 intersections.

    Holiday signal-timing will be in effect from Nov. 24, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017 at the following shopping centers:
    • Springfield Town Center (bold is my emphasis, on purpose of course)
    • Tysons and Galleria Shopping Centers
    • Reston Town Center
    • Fair Lakes Shopping Center
    • Fair Oaks Mall
    • Potomac Mills Mall
    • Manassas Mall
    • Cascades Town Center
    • Potomac Run Center
    • Dulles Town Center
    • Leesburg Outlets
    • Dulles 28 Centre
    • Virginia Gateway Shopping Center
    VDOT offers shoppers the following tips for staying safe and avoiding traffic:
    • Check 511virginia.org or the 511 mobile app before you go for traffic conditions and locations of crashes and construction lane closures.
    • Put down the cell phone (bold again, my emphasis) especially while exiting or 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.
    So get out there and shop local this holiday season. When you shop at retailers in our community you're supporting your neighbors and keeping tax dollars local.

    Nancy-jo Manney is the executive director of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. In case it's not obvious, she's a big cheerleader for local business.

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