SWARCO McCain helps harmonize traffic flow and reduce the risk of crashes and congestion on Virginia Roads
SAN DIEGO, California, December 15, 2022 - SWARCO McCain, Inc., a leader in the supply of advanced transportation solutions, announced that the company has equipped the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) with variable speed limit signs (VSLS) for a 15-mile section of I-95 northbound in Virginia. The new signs are located between exit 110 (Ladysmith) and exit 130 (Route 3/Fredericksburg), from mile markers 115 to 130 .
“We are honored to partner with the Virginia Department of Transportation to improve traffic flow through this corridor,” says Justin Sigel, Signs Business Manager for SWARCO McCain, Inc. "Familiar with congestion along this route, drivers will now be notified with real-time information on speeds and travel conditions, creating a safer and more enjoyable driving experience for all. Best of all, these full-color, LED signs are equipped with SWARCO’s patented precision-optic technology that is proven to drastically boost legibility under the most severe weather conditions and deliver extremely sharp and vivid images, graphics, and text.”
In total, the project includes 48 McCain VSLS, located every six-tenths of a mile from one another, as well as three McCain VSLS located at highway on-ramps. Each sign is equipped with congestion detectors, designed to predict potential traffic problems, and drop the speed limit up to 10 mph per minute. This strategy improves safety and traffic flow by reducing speed variance. McCain VSLS also offer an improved driving experience by providing information in advance of slowdowns and potential lane closures, reducing the probability for secondary crashes.
The McCain VSLS display 18” or 22” tall numerals and can withstand wide temperature and humidity ranges, as well as harsh weather conditions. The signs are fully compliant with the National Transportation Communications for Intelligent Transportation System Protocol (NTCIP) and accommodate up to 14 schedules with up to 16 events per schedule. While all of SWARCO McCain, Inc.’s VSLS are capable of being powered by either AC or DC power, six of the VSLS used in this installation are completely off-grid and solar powered.
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