Short Nerd Chief

VDOT Demonstrates How Not To Improve Traffic Flow

Posted by Fred on June 13, 2008

Here’s an open plea to the traffic engineering geniuses at VDOT.  Please don’t use signs like the one pictured above to warn morning commuters that today is an Ozone Alert Day and implore us to carpool or use transit, the way you did on I-64 west of Richmond this morning. Commuters already inbound at 8:00 a.m. are extremely unlikely to turn around and take transit, so it’s not going to help anyway.  More importantly, drivers seeing signs like this assume the sign imparts useful information, and slow down to read the message, thus severely cramping traffic flow to no benefit whatsoever.  This morning was worse than a rainy day in Richmond (which is another issue altogether).

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