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Aug. 30, 2011



LANE CLOSURES LIFTED FOR LABOR DAY TRAVEL
VDOT suspends road work for anticipated holiday weekend traffic

RICHMOND − The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will suspend lane closures for temporary work zones on interstates and roadways throughout the state over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.

Lane closures will be lifted from noon Friday, Sept. 2, until noon Tuesday, Sept. 6. Permanent construction zones with concrete barriers and orange barrels will remain in place.

Labor Day weekend marks the traditional end to the summer travel season. 

Motorists should expect a significant increase in the number of vehicles on Virginia’s roads. Travel times may vary over the holiday weekend, especially at peak hours.

“We will lift most lane closures over the Labor Day weekend to provide the public with the best access to free-flowing interstates and roadways,” said Gregory Whirley, VDOT commissioner of highways. “Motorists should be prepared to share the road with other drivers, as well as pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers should wear their seat belt, obey the speed limit, stay alert and avoid distractions.”

Travel Tools

VDOT has several resources available for travelers to monitor road conditions and traffic incidents in real time as they plan their journey.

For real-time traffic conditions or to view traffic cameras, visit VDOT’s 24-hour travel information website, www.511Virginia.org

511Virginia is also available by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

A mobile version of the 511Virginia website, designed for handheld devices, is available at mobile511virginia.org

Remember to pull over when using your mobile phone or have another passenger in your vehicle use the device. Don’t drive distracted.

Lane closures and crash reports available on 511Virginia are also communicated through VDOT’s Twitter accounts, targeted for different parts of Virginia and specific interstate corridors, such as Interstate 95 or Interstate 81. 

Visit www.VirginiaDOT.org for a list of VDOT’s Twitter accounts and how to subscribe.

VDOT’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT is updated with statewide travel and transportation news.

To report a road hazard or to get answers to your transportation question, you can call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) around the clock.

For information about major road-construction projects on Virginia’s interstates and primary roads, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/major_road_construction_projects.asp for VDOT’s “Road Construction Ahead” map.

E-ZPass

Virginia belongs to the E-ZPass electronic toll-collection network. E-ZPass customers can use their transponders at toll facilities in Virginia and 13 other states. For more information on E-ZPass, visit www.ezpassva.com

Move Over Law

Virginia’s Move Over law requires motorists to move to the next lane, when possible, when approaching vehicles with flashing blue, red or amber lights stopped on the side of the road.

More information about the Move Over law and other rules of the road is available at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/move_it_move_over.asp.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE:

  • HOV restrictions on Interstate 66, Interstate 95 and Interstate 395 will be lifted on Monday, Sept. 5. Normal HOV restrictions will be in place on Friday, Sept. 2, and Tuesday, Sept. 6.

  • Northbound/southbound schedule for the I-95/395 reversible lanes: Lanes will be southbound from 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, until 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3; and northbound from 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, through the rest of the weekend.

More information on Northern Virginia HOV lanes and schedules can be found at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/hov-novasched.asp.


HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE, TUNNELS AND OTHER INFORMATION:

Interstate 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, then take the Portsmouth/Norfolk exit (exit 15A) to Interstate 264 east to Virginia Beach. For an alternate route map, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/mmmbt_promotion.asp

Interstate 64 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes: On Monday, Sept. 5, HOV restrictions will be lifted on I-64. The reversible roadway will be open to all westbound traffic from 1 a.m. until 11 a.m. and then to all eastbound traffic from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m.  

HOV reversible lane directions may shift throughout the three-day weekend depending on road conditions and traffic volumes.

Travel to the Outer Banks, NC: Motorists going to the North Carolina Outer Banks should use Interstate 664 and the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel to save time. 

From I-664 south, take Interstate 64 west to exit 292, Chesapeake Expressway/Interstate 464/Route 17. Keep left to continue to the Chesapeake Expressway (Route 168), and take the Nags Head/Great Bridge exit (exit 291B) to the Outer Banks.  

For more information about using I-664 and the MMMBT, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/mmmbt_promotion.asp

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry: The summer ferry schedule is in effect through the Labor Day weekend. The ferry runs 24 hours a day and is free. Vehicles, including motor homes, are allowed on the ferry. For additional information call 800-VA-FERRY. For a complete ferry schedule, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/ferry-jamestown.asp.


WORK ZONES AND OTHER TRAFFIC ALERTS

While most lane closures will be lifted over the Labor Day holiday, motorists may encounter permanent work zones or travel delays in the following locations:

Alleghany County

Interstate 64: Median barrier construction will close one lane each direction between mile markers 18 and 24.5. Speed limit 45 mph. Loads up to 11-feet wide can proceed in both directions. http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/staunton/alleghany_county_-_i-64_barrier.asp

Amherst/Nelson county line

Route 29 bridge over Tye River: Northbound lanes over Tye River closed to traffic. Southbound lanes carrying traffic both directions. Be alert to new traffic pattern and 45 mph speed limit.

Campbell County

Route 501 (near Route 635 intersection): Expect lane closures and minor delays while crews improve passing zones.

Carroll County

Interstate 77 and Route 58 – Hillsville: Motorists in Hillsville should expect congestion around I-77’s exit 14 and on Route 58 because of the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show. Travelers not attending the event should avoid the area.

Galax 

Route 58 at Glendale Road: Route 58 drivers should watch for altered traffic patterns when turning onto Glendale Road. Westbound Glendale Road traffic should use alternate routes onto Route 58.

Dinwiddie County

Route 1 over Stony Creek: Northbound traffic limited to one lane for bridge work.

Henrico County

Interstate 295: At the Interstate 64 interchange on I-295 (mile marker 28):

  • Southbound left lane of ramp closed for bridge work

  • Northbound right lane of ramp closed for bridge work

  • Northbound left lane closed for bridge work.

Route 301/Chamberlayne Road: Northbound right lane closed for bridge work at Interstate 95.Highland County

Route 250: Replacing bridge over Crab Run in McDowell, from east of Route 645 to west of Route 654 (Doe Hill Road). Single-lane traffic with 14-foot width restriction and three-way traffic signal at Route 654 intersection. http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/staunton/highland_county_-_route_250.asp

King William County

Route 33: Eastbound lanes closed at West Point. Westbound lanes are open and carrying traffic in both directions.

Pittsylvania County

Route 58 Bypass bridge over Dan River: Alternating eastbound lane closures between Aug. 1 and Oct. 1. Watch for signs and other safety devices and expect delays.

Route 685 over Route 29 Bypass: Bridge rehabilitation will result in lane closure and detour. 

Roanoke County

Interstate 81: Northbound I-81 lanes are narrowed and shoulders closed on the bridges over routes 777 and 647 between mile markers 132 and 136. Speed limit reduced to 55 mph at each bridge. 

Wythe County

Interstate 77/Interstate 81 overlap: High traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles through this eight-mile section. Be alert to delays on northbound I-77 where it merges with I-81.

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