Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Nov. 18, 2008
VDOT SUSPENDS LANE CLOSURES FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY TRAVEL
The lanes will be open from noon Wednesday, Nov. 26, until noon Friday, Nov. 28. Long-term construction zones will remain in place.
VDOT’s traffic engineers have noted that average traffic volume on the interstate system is slightly lower this year than in 2007, but motorists should still expect to encounter some congestion during the holiday weekend.
VDOT is challenging motorists to do their part to help prevent highway fatalities by:
- Buckling up
- Avoiding distractions
- Sharing the road
- Obeying speed limits
- Driving drug-and-alcohol free
For more information on the Virginia Highway Safety Challenge and ways to avoid becoming Virginia’s next traffic fatality, visit www.safeVAhighways.org.
The following resources are available to make travel safer and easier:
Travelers can learn about incidents affecting traffic by visiting www.511virginia.org. Citizens can also sign up to receive personalized traffic alerts by e-mail or text messages.
- E-ZPass, Virginia’s electronic toll collection system, is part of the national E-ZPass network. E-ZPass customers may use their transponders at toll facilities in:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- West Virginia
For more information on E-ZPass Virginia, visit www.ezpassva.com.
Below are areas that may pose temporary delays for travelers and for tips to avoid delays.
Interstate 77/81 overlap - Be alert to the possibility of slowed or stopped traffic in this area of Wythe County due to expected high traffic volumes.
Interstates 64/264/564 HOV lanes - On Thursday, Nov. 27, lane restrictions are lifted on all interstate HOV lanes.
The reversible roadway on I-64 west will be open to traffic between 1 a.m. and 11 a.m. and to eastbound traffic between 1 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily.
HOV lanes will resume a normal schedule at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec.1.
NOTE: HOV/reversible roadway lane directions may shift throughout the holiday weekend depending on road conditions and traffic volume.
I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel - Motorists traveling to Virginia Beach may want to use the Interstate 664 Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel instead of the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. The Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel is often less congested.
I-64 Chesapeake near Battlefield Boulevard (exits 289-291) - Construction is approaching the final phase on the Battlefield Boulevard project.
There will be no additional lane closures over the holiday weekend, but motorists may experience congestion delays between Greenbrier Parkway and Battlefield Boulevard. HOV-2 lane restrictions are lifted on I-64 east and west from Indian River Road to Battlefield Boulevard.
Outer Banks traffic - Motorists heading to the Outer Banks may want to take Interstate 664 and the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel to avoid the I-64/Battlefield Boulevard construction project in Chesapeake.
The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry - The ferry will be in service on Thanksgiving Day on the regular fall schedule. For times, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/ferry-jamestown.asp.
Route 92 - Bridge closed indefinitely over Staunton River at Charlotte and Halifax County line.
Route 360 at Banister River - Bridge reduced to one 12-foot lane in Halifax County, with flaggers and traffic signal in use. Delays are likely.
Route 360 West in Meherrin - At the intersection of Route 630 and Route 628 in Prince Edward County, the road is restricted to 14 feet for reconstruction. Estimated completion is mid-December.
I -95/495 Woodrow Wilson Bridge - There will be no construction-related lane closures on the Virginia side from Telegraph Road to the Wilson Bridge from noon, Wednesday, Nov. 26, until noon Monday, Dec.1.
On the Maryland side, there will be no lane closures beginning noon, Wednesday, Nov. 26, until 9 a.m. Monday, Dec.
I-95/395 HOV lanes – The I-95/395 reversible HOV lanes will be used for southbound traffic at the following times:
- Wednesday, Nov. 26, from noon until 11 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 28, from 1 p.m. until Saturday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m.
The HOV lanes will be used for northbound traffic at the following times:
- Thursday, Nov. 27, from 1 a.m. until Friday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 29, from 4 p.m. until Monday, Dec. 1
Interstates 295/64 flyover (western Henrico County) - Expect 11-foot travel lanes and concrete barriers along I-64 east and west between Route 288 (exit 174) and I-295 (exit 177) and along I-295 between the I-64 interchange and just south of Nuckols Road (exit 51). The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph in this work zone.
Route 460 – There may be short-term single lane closures in place on westbound Route 460 in Bedford County, from Route 697 to Route 698 near the Botetourt County line, for the installation of snow-plowable pavement markers.
Route 220 – Crews may be installing snow-plowable pavement markers on southbound Route 220 between Old Fincastle Road (Route 655) and Poor Farm Road (Route 681) in Botetourt County.
Crews may also install pavement markers on Route 220 between the Route 870 (James Street) bridge and Route 43 in Eagle Rock.
Drivers should expect short-term single lane closures.
Route 220 – There may be short-term single lane closures in place on northbound and southbound Route 220 between Boones Mill and the Roanoke County line in Franklin County.
Crews will be installing snow-plowable pavement markers.
Route 340 (Jeremy’s Run Bridge) - Work hours for the bridge replacement will be Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The speed limit will remain at 45 mph at the project’s limits.
Traffic will be re-routed to new roadway north of the existing Jeremy’s Run Bridge.
Motorists should use caution as they become acquainted with the new traffic pattern.
Route 340/522- Expect delays at the North Fork Bridge construction project. The speed limit has been reduced to 25 mph.
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