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Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
Jeffrey.Caldwell@vdot.virginia.gov
804-337-7264
CO-1034

Sept. 1, 2010



TRAVELING THIS WEEKEND? VDOT SAYS KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Move over when passing stopped emergency vehicles

RICHMOND – From noon, Friday, September 3 until noon, Tuesday, September 7, travelers will not encounter any construction or maintenance-related lane closures on interstates and other high volume roads throughout Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. 

While workers are out of the roadway for the holiday weekend, motorists still need to use caution driving through work zones where lanes are narrowed with construction barriers.

Move Over Law

Virginia’s Move Over law requires motorists move to the next lane, when possible, when approaching vehicles with flashing blue, red or amber lights stopped on the side of the road. Failure is punishable as a traffic violation; subsequent violations could be considered a Class I misdemeanor under Virginia law.  Click here for more information about the Move Over law and other rules of the road.

Motorists can reduce the risk of a crash or serious injury by always:

  • Buckling up                             
  • Obeying speed limits
  • Avoiding distractions
  • Sharing the road
  • Driving drug- and alcohol-free

Traveler Resources

  • 511Virginia - Visit 511 Virginia before you travel to avoid congestion and bottlenecks on major highways in Virginia. If you can’t go online, call 511 from your home, or pull over and call from your mobile phone.

  • E-ZPass - E-ZPass customers can use their transponders at toll facilities in 13 states including Virginia.  For more information on E-ZPass Virginia, visit here.

Northern Virginia High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Schedule

  • HOV restrictions on I-66, I-95 and I-395 will be lifted on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.

  • Normal HOV restrictions remain in effect on Friday, Sept. 3:

    • I-95/395: From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., three or more in a vehicle can use the lanes northbound. From 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., three or more in a vehicle can use the lanes southbound.

    • I-66: Inside the Beltway, both lanes: 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. eastbound; 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. westbound. Outside the Beltway, left lane: 5:30-9:30 a.m. eastbound; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. westbound.

  • The weekend schedule for the I-95/395 reversible lanes: The lanes will be southbound from noon, Friday Sept. 3 until 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 and northbound from 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 through the rest of the weekend.


Hampton Roads HOV Schedule

  • The I-64 HOV reversible lanes will remain open to all I-64 West traffic from 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 5 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7. Diamond lane restrictions will be lifted on all HOV lanes eastbound and westbound, Monday, Sept. 6.

Bridges, Tunnels, Ferries

  • George P. Coleman Bridge, Route 17: Opens on vessel demand, according to federal regulations. Bridge remains closed 5 - 8 a.m. and 3 - 7 p.m., Monday- Friday, except federal holidays. It does open for vessels in an emergency.
  • Tolls (traveling south to north):
    • Commuters (E-Z Pass required): 85 cents
    • Two axles: $2
    • Three axles: $3
    • Four or more axles: $4
  • James River Bridge, Routes 17/32/258: Toll free. Bridge opens upon vessel demand, according to federal regulations. It has no periods where openings are restricted.

  • Berkley Bridge, I-264: Toll free. Bridge opens to maritime traffic upon request Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays.

  • High Rise Bridge, I-64: Toll free. Bridge opens upon vessel demand, according to federal regulations during federal holidays.

  • Gilmerton Bridge, Routes 13/460: On-going construction on bridge reduces four lanes to two. Expect heavy congestion. Located on Military Highway west of Bainbridge Boulevard, the twin bascule span crosses southern branch of Elizabeth River.

  • Outer Banks Travelers use I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel: Motorists going to the Outer Banks should use I-664 and MMMBT. 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. Motorists leaving the Outer Banks should follow the Chesapeake Expressway (Route 168) to I-464 North/Route 17 toward Downtown Norfolk.  Merge onto I-64 East at Exit 1 toward Suffolk/Richmond. Take Exit 299B and merge onto I-664 North towards Suffolk/Route 58/Newport News.

  • The Chesapeake Expressway (Route 168) is owned and operated by the city of Chesapeake. Click here for toll information.

  • Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel I-64: Motorists should use I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel during heavily traveled weekend holidays to avoid congestion. 

  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Route 13: CBBT is owned, operated and maintained by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission. For toll information and weather condition restrictions, click here or call 757-331-2960.

  • Jamestown-Scotland Ferry: Summer schedule in effect through Labor Day weekend. Ferry resumes the fall and winter schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Click here for schedule. 


Work Zones and Traffic Alerts:

Alleghany County 

  • I-64: Median barrier construction will close one lane in each direction between mile markers 18.5 and 22.5.

  • Route 616 (Rich Patch Road): One lane closed at Karnes Creek. Traffic controlled by stop sign. A 10-foot width restriction is in place.

Rockbridge County

  • Route 603: One lane closed at Irish Creek. Traffic controlled by stop sign. A 10-foot width restriction is place.

  • Route 611 (South Buffalo Road): One lane closed from one mile south of Route 738 (Rapps Mill Road) to just north of Route 661 (Spring Branch Road). Traffic controlled by stop sign.

Staunton

  • Churchville Avenue (Route 250): Eastbound motorists will have no left turn from Churchville Avenue onto North Lewis Street, which is open to northbound traffic only. Eastbound lane closed from North Augusta Street (Route 11) to Albemarle Avenue.

Rockingham County

  • Route 820 (Bergton Road): Work zone located from 1.10 miles to .30 mile west of Route 259 (Brocks Gap Road). Traffic controlled with temporary traffic signals at both ends of construction area.

Front Royal 

  • Happy Creek Road:  Road closed from Polk Avenue to Sixth Street until Nov. 30 to reconstruct Sixth Street intersection. Follow detour signs for alternate route. Work zone speed limit reduced to 25 mph.

Augusta County 

  • Churchville Avenue (Route 250/Staunton): Eastbound lane of Churchville Avenue closed from North Augusta Street (Route 11) to Albemarle Avenue for road reconstruction. Westbound lane will remain open. North Central Avenue closed to through traffic for paving and installation of utilities and crosswalk. North Central Avenue open to local businesses from Pump Street to Churchville Avenue. No left turn allowed from Churchville Avenue to North Lewis Street. North Lewis Street open to northbound traffic only. Motorists should follow posted detour.

Wythe County

  • I-77 and I-81 overlap: High traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles through this eight-mile section in southwest Virginia. Also be alert to delays on northbound I-77 where it merges with I-81.

  

 

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