Ann Overton 434-293-1912
June 29, 2009
VDOT LIFTS LANE CLOSURES FOR FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Drivers urged to buckle up and avoid distractions
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will help ease Fourth of July holiday weekend travel by opening lanes temporarily closed for construction or maintenance work on major roadways.
The lanes will be open from noon Friday, July 3, until noon Monday, July 6. Long-term construction zones with concrete barriers and orange barrels will remain in place.
In Northern Virginia, VDOT will suspend all lane closures on interstates and heavily traveled primary routes beginning noon Thursday, July 2, through noon Monday, July 6.
Motorists can do their part to prevent accidents and fatalities by:
- Buckling up
- Driving alcohol and drug free
- Obeying speed limits
- Sharing the road
- Paying attention in work zones
- Avoiding distractions
To further prevent distracted driving, the General Assembly passed a law that will take effect July 1 making it illegal to drive while texting or e-mailing.
Exceptions include emergency vehicle operators, drivers reporting an emergency, or a driver who is parked.
Texting while driving is a secondary offense, meaning a law-enforcement officer must have another reason to stop or arrest the driver. The fine is $20 for the first offense and $50 for the second.
These resources are available to make travel safer and easier:
- Drivers can call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org for real-time traffic information, including construction lane closures and incident delays and alternatives that make their travel faster and easier.
- E-ZPass Virginia’s electronic toll collection system is part of the national E-ZPass network. For more information about E-ZPass, visit www.ezpassva.com. E-Z Pass customers can use their transponders in toll facilities in these states:
- Illinois Indiana
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- West Virginia
VDOT will close 19 rest areas beginning in mid- to late-July as it works to address a $2.6 billion revenue shortfall. All 42 Virginia rest areas and welcome centers will be open through the July 4 holiday weekend.
Additional information about closure plans will be made available after the holiday. For a complete listing of rest areas slated for closure, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/map-rest-area.asp.
The following areas may pose delays for motorists over the three-day holiday weekend:
Interstate 77 and Interstate 81 overlap (Wythe County) – Historically high traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles in this eight-mile stretch.
Interstate 81 northbound at mile markers 43 and 47 (Smyth County) – Bridge repairs will cause northbound lane closures in Marion area.
Interstate 64 eastbound at mile marker 108 (Albemarle County) – One lane closed on bridge over Stockton Creek because of deck rehabilitation. Open lane is restricted to 11 feet. Wider vehicles should use alternate routes.
Hampton Roads District
I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) – Motorists traveling to Virginia Beach are encouraged to use the Interstate 664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) as an alternative to the HRBT. To Virginia Beach, take I-664 south to the MMMBT and then the Portsmouth/Norfolk exit (exit 15A) to Interstate 264 east to Virginia Beach.
I-64 exits 289-291 (Chesapeake) – The Battlefield Boulevard project is in the final phase of construction. All eastbound lanes are open, including the new braided ramps. Motorists can visit www.i64info.com for the latest project information.
Travel to the Outer Banks – Motorists going to the Outer Banks should use I-664 and the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel to save time. From I-664 south, take I-64 west to exit 292, Chesapeake Expressway/I-464/Route 17. Keep left to continue to the Chesapeake Expressway (Route 168), and take Nags Head/Great Bridge exit 291B to the Outer Banks.
Jamestown-Scotland Ferry - The summer schedule is in effect through Labor Day. The ferry schedule is at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/ferry-jamestown.asp.
Route 29 Business over Williams Creek (Amherst) – Bridge rehabilitation will cause lane closure. Signal will assist motorists through work zone.
Route 29, Carter Glass Bridge over James River (Amherst County) – Painting will cause a permanent southbound lane closure and temporary northbound lane closures.
Route 15 over Route15/360 Bypass (Charlotte County) – One lane controlled by signal for bridge rehabilitation.
Route 92 over Staunton River (Charlotte County) – Bridge closed indefinitely at Charlotte/Halifax county line.
Route 45 between routes 611 and 614 (Charlotte County) – There is a 35 mph speed limit in the work zone. There will be one lane only 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday with flaggers and pilot vehicles assisting during construction.
Route 631 between routes 640 and 668 (Pittsylvania County) – Road closed until September 4 for bridge removal and replacement.
Route 707 (Charlotte County) – Road closed because of fire that destroyed bridge.
Northern Virginia District
VDOT’s lane closures will be suspended from noon Thursday through noon Monday, July 6 throughout Northern Virginia, including on the following major highway projects:
- Interstate 95 widening between Woodbridge, exit 160 (Route 123), and Fairfax County Parkway, exit 166 (Route 7100)
- Interstate 495 high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes
Interstate 66 widening at Route 29 in Gainesville
I-95/Interstate 395 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes – Restrictions will be lifted on all HOV lanes on Friday, July 3.
The I-95/I-395 HOV lanes will be southbound at the following times:
- Thursday, July 2, from noon until 9 p.m.
- Saturday, July 4, from 9:30 p.m. until Sunday, July 5 at 1 a.m.
The I-95/I-395 HOV lanes will be northbound at the following times:
- Thursday, July 2, from 11 p.m. until Saturday, July 4, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, July 5, from 3 a.m. until Monday, July 6, at 11 a.m.
Route 460 at Route 156 (Prince George County) - There will be one travel lane both east and west on Route 460 for a milling and paving project. Expect delays.
Interstate 81/Route 100 (Montgomery County) – Repairs to the I-81 bridge over Route 100 have closed two ramps at exit 89. Northbound Route 100 traffic should use Honaker Road to enter southbound I-81 at exit 86. To exit southbound I-81 onto southbound Route 100, motorists should take exit 92 and use Kirby Road.
I-77 (Carroll County) – Speed limit is 45 mph because of bridge work on northbound and southbound I-77 at mile marker 23.6 near Poplar Camp. Two lanes are open in each direction. The left lane is restricted to 11 feet. Large vehicles and wide loads must use right lane.
Route 11 (Montgomery County) – Bridge replacement over Plum Creek near Radford has reduced traffic to one lane. A temporary signal is controlling traffic.
Route 58 (Carroll County) – Speed limit is 35 mph because of construction on bypass that has reduced traffic to one lane in each direction just west of Hillsville.
Route 220 Business (Henry County) – Bridge replacement has closed road to traffic between Route 639 and Mica Road. The bridge is near the Route 87 intersection in Ridgeway. Motorists should seek alternate routes around the closure.
Route 220 (Franklin County) – Exit ramp from northbound Route 220 onto northbound Route 220 Business is closed for bridge work. The ramp is just south of Rocky Mount in the Doe Run area. Detour signs advise motorists to use Route 40 exit.
Route 221 (Bedford County) – Road widening has reduced traffic to one lane in each direction west of Forest. The speed limit is 35 mph.
Route 613, Clover Hill Road (Rockingham County) – A parade will close the road from Route 732 (Coopers Mountain Road) to Route 743 (Union Springs Road) on Saturday, July 4, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Route 774, Cline River Road, northbound and southbound (New Hope, Augusta County) – Work to replace a bridge over Middle River has closed Route 774 between Route 608 (Battlefield Road) and Route 775 (Craig Shop Road). Northbound motorists should take Route 608 to Route 778 (Knightly Mill Road) to Route 775 to Route 774. Southbound traffic can reverse the northbound detour.
Route 794, Sangers Lane, eastbound and westbound (Augusta County) – Work to replace a bridge over Christians Creek has closed Route 794 between Route 792 (Basley Road) and Route 642 (Barren Ridge Road). Westbound motorists should take Route 792 south to Route 250 east (Jefferson Highway) to Route 642 north to Route 794. Eastbound traffic can reverse the westbound detour.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.