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Watch Speed on Va. Beltway

Drivers on the Capital Beltway between Springfield and the Wilson Bridge should pay close attention to the speed limit signs during the day on Monday and Tuesday. This will be the first full day test of Virginia's Variable Speed Limit program in that zone.

The program, designed to maximize the safe flow of traffic through the Telegraph Road work zone, started over the summer, but operated mostly at night, so many commuters are still unfamiliar with it.

Watch for electronically displayed speed limit signs that can vary the speed limit depending on the degree of congestion ahead of you. State police will be watching them, too.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 24, 2008; 6:14 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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I went through the area on the inner loop Tuesday afternoon. After finally getting through the 7-mile backup to "variable speed limit zone", the first two signs on the WW bridge and at RT 1 were lowered to 40. Traffic was flowing in this area. However, the next two signs - just past Telegraph and in the mess before Eisenhower - were unchanged at 50. Traffic here was jammed going between 30-35-40. So what was the point?

Posted by: wlevey | November 26, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

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