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NORFOLK (AP) -- Virginia transportation officials want Interstate 64 travelers to know that there is a less-congested route between Richmond and Hampton Roads.

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to install electronic signs along the I-64 corridor highlighting U.S. 60 as an alternate route. The signs will compare the old highway's drive times with those of the interstate.

Department spokesman Ronald Watrous tells The Virginian-Pilot that temporary, portable messages are expected to be in place by Memorial Day. Permanent signs will be installed by the end of the year.

He says the project will cost about $1 million.

Transportation Secretary and Virginia Beach resident Aubrey Layne supports the initiative. Layne says he's driven U.S. 60 several times when traffic backed up on I-64.

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