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Shannon Marshall 804-371-6844
Shannon.Marshall@vdot.virginia.gov

CO-1262

Dec. 21, 2012



VDOT READY FOR YEAR-END TRAVEL
Most lane closures lifted for Christmas and New Year’s holidays

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will lift most lane closures on interstates and major roads during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to provide as much lane capacity as possible for travelers.

For the Christmas holiday period, VDOT will lift lane closures from noon Monday, Dec. 24, through noon Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Lane closures will be suspended again from noon Monday, Dec. 31, through noon Wednesday, Jan. 2, for the New Year’s Day holiday.

Motorists are encouraged to plan for a safe journey this season by starting any trip well-rested. Avoid distractions while you drive, wear your seat belt and obey the speed limit and other traffic safety laws. Be courteous to other drivers by sharing the road.

“We want every traveler to have the opportunity to usher in 2013,” said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley. “Please keep safety at the forefront of any trip this holiday season.”

511Virginia

VDOT’s traffic information system is updated regularly around the clock. Motorists can find information three ways:

Mobile App

Free mobile apps for Android and iPhone platforms, which work on both phones and tablets

  • Real-time travel times on interstates and selected primary roads
  • Traffic cameras streaming video at 15 frames per second
  • Dynamic message signs

Website

  • 511Virginia.org uses a Google-based map showing incidents and other traffic information on the main website
  • Traffic speeds are displayed for interstate and select primary routes
  • Information on dynamic message signs is available

Voice service

  • Motorists can call 511 free from any phone in Virginia to access 511Virginia traffic information
  • Improved voice-recognition interface
  • Travel times are available.

Additional Travel Resources

Lane closures and crash reports available on 511Virginia also are communicated through VDOT’s Twitter accounts, targeted for different regions 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, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) any time.

For information about major long-term construction projects on Virginia’s interstates and primary roads, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/major_road_construction_projects.asp for VDOT’s interactive “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 slow down and 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:

Christmas

  • Monday, Dec. 24: Normal HOV restrictions are in effect. Interstate 95/395 reversible lanes will remain southbound Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25: HOV restrictions on I-95, I-395 and Interstate 66 are lifted. I-95/395 reversible lanes will remain southbound until midnight Christmas Day and switch to northbound by 2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 26: Normal HOV restrictions are in effect.

New Year’s

  • Monday, Dec. 31: Normal HOV restrictions are in effect. I-95/395 reversible lanes will remain southbound New Year’s Eve night and New Year’s Day.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1: HOV restrictions on I-95, I-395 and I-66 are lifted. I-95/395 reversible lanes will remain southbound until midnight New Year’s Day and switch to northbound by 2 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2: Normal HOV restrictions are in effect.

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

HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE AND OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Interstate 64 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes: HOV restrictions will be lifted on Interstate 64 on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  • Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Project: Contractors on the Gilmerton Bridge replacement project will lift overnight closures from Sunday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Overnight lane closures (Sunday-Thursday, 8 p.m.-5 a.m.) will resume Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. For more information, visit www.gilmertonbridge.org.

WORK ZONES AND OTHER TRAFFIC ALERTS

While VDOT will lift most lane closures during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, motorists may encounter permanent work zones or travel delays in the following locations throughout Virginia:

Amherst County

Route 29 over Buffalo River: During bridge replacement, all traffic will be routed to single lanes both directions in the southbound lanes. Speed limit 50 mph. 

Botetourt County

Interstate 81: Exit 168 (Arcadia Road) bridge over I-81 closed for replacement; follow detours.

Clarke County

Route 7 Business/West Main Street: Constructing Route 636/Mosby Boulevard extension and roundabout. Flagger traffic control.

Page County

Route 340: Constructing bridge over Compton Creek plus railroad and approaches, 1.4 miles south of Page/Warren county line to 3.5 miles south of Page/Warren county line. Daily lane closures. Speed limit 45 mph.

Roanoke County

Route 11/Route 460: Road widening west of Salem will reduce speed limit to 35 mph in most of work zone.

Rockbridge County

Interstate 81: Constructing northbound truck-climbing lane, mile marker 195.6 to 202.5.

Rockingham County

Route 609/Naked Creek Road: Replacing bridge at intersection of Route 603/Fleeburg Road, Page County. Traffic shifted from existing Route 603 bridge to temporary bridge.

Wythe County

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 I-81 merge.

 

 

 

 



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.

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