VDOT to phase out Highway Advisement Radio in Hampton Roads


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Highway Advisement Radio is being discontinued in Hampton Roads next month. 

VDOT spokesperson Holly Christopher tells WAVY.com the phasing out of 1680 AM will happen Jan. 7, 2019.

“The highway advisory system is part of an incident reporting system that we use to send information to our direct message signs, our cameras and to motorists so that they know what’s up ahead,” Christopher said. 

This is happening because the new system VDOT upgraded to doesn’t support the software for the radio broadcast, Christopher says.

Hampton Roads is the last area in the Commonwealth to have the radio station giving traffic information. VDOT is encouraging drivers to download the 511 app or the WAZE app.

“If you go onto 511Virginia.org, you can create a custom notification system that will notify you of the specific incidents or issue that will be along your route and it’s a custom notification system so they’ll let you know, you’ll get a text message before you go, so check those texts messages before you leave and that will help you be better prepared when you’re making your commute,” Christopher said. 

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