Joe Vagi 804-371-8304
May 23, 2011
VDOT PREPARES FOR MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL
Lane Closures, Work Zones Suspended to Ease Weekend Holiday Traffic
RICHMOND – Motorists in Virginia will find lane closures and road construction work zones temporarily suspended throughout the Memorial Day weekend to accommodate an expected surge in traffic over the holiday, the traditional start of summer travel season.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will lift lane closures from noon Friday, May 27, to noon Tuesday, May 31, for the majority of construction and maintenance projects.
Permanent construction zones with concrete barriers and orange barrels will remain in place.
VDOT has adapted High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane schedules for the Memorial Day weekend to reflect historic traffic patterns, providing extra lane capacity where and when needed.
Keep Up With Travel Conditions
This summer, staying abreast of current traffic conditions on Virginia’s interstates and roadways has never been more convenient for motorists.
VDOT posts information in real time about traffic incidents and highway work zones through 511Virginia, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds.
“As a fellow driver, I know how important it is to have reliable, timely information on road conditions and traffic incidents when you are traveling,” said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley. “VDOT offers multiple tools to share what is happening on Virginia’s roadways, delivering information when it is needed so motorists can make informed travel choices.”
Motorists can view traffic cameras and alerts about construction work zones, congestion or traffic incidents on VDOT’s 24-hour travel information website, www.511Virginia.org. 511Virginia is also available by calling 511 from any telephone 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 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. to see 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 be notified of VDOT news releases and traffic alerts, subscribe to Real Simple Syndication feeds on www.VirginiaDOT.org.
VDOT’sYouTube channel at www.youtube.com/vdotweb has recorded more than 450,000 views of uploaded videos since 2007. Videos on travel safety advice, projects and programs are posted on this site.
To report a road hazard or to get answers to your transportation question, you can also call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) around the clock.
Virginia belongs to the E-ZPass electronic toll collection network. E-ZPass customers can use their transponders at all toll facilities in Virginia and 12 other states. For more information on
E-ZPass, visit https://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 can be found here: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/move_it_move_over.asp.
While most lane closures will be lifted, motorists may encounter work zones or travel delays Memorial Day weekend in the following locations:
NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE
- HOV restrictions on Interstates 66, 95 and 395 will be lifted on Monday, May 30.
- Northbound/southbound schedule for the I-95/395 reversible lanes: Lanes will be southbound from 1 p.m., Friday, May 27, until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28; and northbound from 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28, through the rest of the holiday weekend.
- Closure for Rolling Thunder: The I-95/395 HOV lanes will be closed to regular traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, for the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.
More information on Northern Virginia HOV schedules can be found here: 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 I-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 I-264 east to Virginia Beach.
Interstate 64 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes: On Monday, May 30, 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, N.C.: Motorists going to the Outer Banks should use Interstate 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 beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The ferry schedule is at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/ferry-jamestown.asp.
WORK ZONES AND TRAFFIC ALERTS:
Interstate 64: Median barrier construction will close one lane in each direction between mile markers 18.5 and 24.5. Speed limit is 45 mph. Loads up to 11 feet wide can proceed in both directions through the work zone.
Interstate 77/Interstate 81 overlap: High traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles through this eight-mile stretch of interstate. Be alert to delays on northbound I-77 at the I-81 merge.
Interstate 81: Southbound I-81 lanes are narrowed and shoulders closed on two bridges between mile markers 132 and 136. The bridges are over Route 777 (Fort Lewis Church Road) and Route 647 (Dow Hollow Road). Speed limit is reduced to 55 mph at each bridge.
Interstate 95: Concrete barriers will remain in place blocking the southbound shoulder on the I-95 bridge over the Rappahannock River just south of Exit 133 (Route 17/Falmouth).
Interstate 95: Concrete barriers will remain in place along the northbound and southbound shoulders at mile marker 103.6 just south of Exit 104.
Amherst/Nelson county line
Route 29 over Tye River: Southbound lanes over the Tye River are closed to traffic. Northbound lanes will carry northbound and southbound traffic. Be alert to new traffic pattern and 45 mph speed limit.
King William County
Route 33: Eastbound lanes are closed to traffic at West Point. The westbound lanes are open to traffic in both directions.
Route 58: Hillsville Bypass construction has reduced Route 58 to one lane in each direction just west of Hillsville. Speed limit is reduced to 35 mph.
Route 211, eastbound: Work on bridge over Pass Run, 4.6 miles west of the Rappahannock County line. Road reduced to single 11-foot lane.
Route 220: Northbound Route 220 traffic is reduced to one lane, and vehicles wider than 16 feet are prohibited because of work to replace the bridge deck over Blackwater River. The bridge is just north of Rocky Mount. Speed limit is reduced to 45 mph.
Route 253/Port Republic Road: Widening project from Route 704 (Boyers Road) to Harrisonburg city limits. All work subject to change and weather permitting.
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.