VDOT has extended its highway radio in Hampton Roads

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — VDOT’s highway radio has gotten a brief extension in Hampton Roads.

The transportation agency said the Highway Advisory Radio — which provides drivers with travel updates — was restarted Jan. 8, two days after it had been discontinued.

Related: VDOT moving up phase out of highway radio

Operations for 1680 AM were extended due to feedback from drivers and the delay in the installation of a new statewide communications, VDOT said. 

A VDOT spokesperson told 10 On Your Side last month this new system does not support the software for the radio broadcast.

The system was originally supposed to be implemented in February, but VDOT said this week that will now take place sometime in the spring.

VDOT said it is going to use this time to explore alternative hands-free options to provide travel updates to drivers. Drivers are encouraged to not use their phones while driving, and to plan their commute using the 511 Virginia app, the 511 website, 1680 AM and the traffic line at 757-361-3016.

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