Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Dec. 22, 2009
VDOT SUSPENDS LANE RESTRICTIONS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVELERS
Snow and ice removal continues throughout Virginia
RICHMOND — As the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continues its round-the-clock work to clear remaining snow and ice from roadways throughout the state from the record weekend storm, the agency will suspend most lane restrictions on major highways and roads during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
VDOT will open travel lanes temporarily closed because of construction or maintenance work beginning at noon Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Dec. 27, for the Christmas holiday and from noon Thursday, Dec. 31, through Sunday, Jan. 3, for the New Year’s holiday. Construction zones with concrete barriers and orange barrels will remain in place.
However, drivers should continue to use caution even later this week during this winter storm cleanup. Snow melt from piles pushed by snowplows to the side of the road can quickly refreeze on roadways once temperatures drop below freezing.
VDOT reminds motorists to take these actions when driving during and after wintry weather:
- Check road conditions before you leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org
- Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
- Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
- Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary
The Governor’s Office reported earlier this month that preliminary data indicate that traffic fatalities have declined during 2009 in Virginia by 13 percent. VDOT and other state public-safety agencies continue to encourage motorists to do the following to ensure they arrive safely at their destination:
Buckle up – a recent state survey shows that 82.27 percent of Virginians, a record, use their seat belts.
- Drive drug and alcohol free
- Avoid distractions/No texting while driving – it’s the law!
- Obey the speed limit
- Share the road
Virginia is part of the E-ZPass electronic toll collection network. E-ZPass customers can also use their transponders at toll facilities in 13 states including Virginia. For more information on E-ZPass Virginia, visit www.ezpassva.com.
The following work zones may affect your travel plans:
Interstate 77 and Interstate 81 overlap (Wythe County): High traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles through this eight-mile section.
Route 23 crossover project (Wise County): Northbound and southbound traffic on Route 23 at J.W. Adams Combined School in Wise County has been shifted to the northbound lanes because of construction of a crossover at the school. Single-lane traffic is separated by concrete barriers with a 14-foot-wide restriction through the work zone. Speed limit through work zone is 45 mph.
Hampton Roads District
Interstate 64/Interstate 264 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes:
- HOV-2 restrictions will be lifted on Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1.
- HOV-Reversible Roadway will maintain regularly scheduled traffic flow, unless reversal is needed for traffic mitigation.
Route 56 over Tye River at Massies Mill (Nelson County): Bridge rehabilitation project has permanently closed one lane on the bridge.
Route 612 at Trice’s Lake Dam (Cumberland County): Bridge closed to through traffic for bridge rehabilitation.
Route 92 over Staunton River (Charlotte/Halifax County line): Road closed indefinitely.
Route 602 (Halifax County): Road closed to through traffic for bridge replacement.
Northern Virginia District
Lane closures associated with the Interstate 495 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes project near Tysons Corner, the Interstate 95 widening project in Fairfax and Prince William counties and along Route 7 and surrounding roads at the Dulles Metrorail project will be suspended from 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, until noon Monday, Dec. 28.
Lane closures associated with the HOT lanes, Interstate 95 widening and Dulles Metrorail projects will be suspended from noon Thursday, Dec. 31, until noon Monday, Jan. 4.
Interstate 95/Interstate 395 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes:
- Christmas: The I-95/I-395 HOV lanes will run southbound from noon until 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. The lanes will run northbound from 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24 until 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28. There will be no HOV restrictions on Friday, Dec. 25.
- New Year’s: The I-95/I-395 HOV lanes will run southbound from noon until 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. The lanes will run northbound from 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31 until 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4. There will be no HOV restrictions on Friday, Jan. 2.
Route 58 (Carroll County): Bypass construction has reduced Route 58 to one lane in each direction just west of Hillsville. Speed limit reduced to 35 mph.
Route 220 Business (Henry County): Bridge replacement has closed Route 220 Business between Route 639 and Mica Road. Bridge is near the Route 87 intersection in Ridgeway. Motorists should seek alternate routes around the closure.
Churchville Avenue (Route 250, Staunton): Eastbound lane of Churchville Avenue is closed from North Augusta Street (Route 11) to Albemarle Avenue because of road reconstruction. Westbound lane will remain open to traffic during construction. Motorists should follow posted detour.
Delphine Avenue (Route 340, Waynesboro): Railroad bridge replacement and roadway widening will occur from Route 250 to Delphine Avenue. Delphine Avenue is closed to through traffic between Main Street (Route 250) and Hopeman Parkway. Delphine Avenue is open to local traffic only between Main Street (Route 250) and Seventh Street and between Hopeman Parkway and Sixth Street. Detours are posted.
Route T1003 (Cadet Road, New Market): Water and sewer line work occurring from Route 211 westbound to Route 1009 (Stuart Street) will close portions of the road to through traffic.
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.