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June 24, 2013

Declare your independence from congestion: Sign up for 511Virginia traffic alerts

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will suspend road work during the Fourth of July travel period to reduce congestion and help travelers reach their holiday destinations.

VDOT will lift lane closures on most interstates and highways in Virginia from noon Wednesday, July 3, until noon Friday, July 5.

“We are ready for the summer travel season and the additional vehicles that will travel along Virginia’s roads,” said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley. “We’re asking all motorists to please do their part to help everyone, including themselves, reach their destination safely – obey the speed limit, wear your seat belt, limit distractions and be courteous to other travelers.”


Want to know what’s ahead on the interstate? Get real-time information on traffic incidents and congestion on Virginia roadways, by using the VDOT 511 free mobile app, 511Virginia’s website or phone system.

In order to “declare your independence” from traffic congestion, motorists are encouraged to use 511 tools before getting on the road. 511Virginia allows users to view real-time traffic cameras and see estimated travel times, electronic message signs and traffic maps which can help travelers plan their routes accordingly.

Additional Travel Resources

Reach the Beach

  • Headed to an oceanside destination? VDOT wants travelers to have updated travel times along interstates leading to Virginia’s beaches before they have to make a decision on which exit to take.
  • Look for “Reach the Beach” signs and travel times at key locations around Virginia, with suggestions for alternate routes.

Lane closures and incident 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 for a list of VDOT’s Twitter accounts and how to subscribe.

VDOT’s Facebook page at 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 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) around the clock.

For information about major long-term construction projects on Virginia’s interstates and primary roads, visit for VDOT’s interactive “Road Construction Ahead” map.


Virginia belongs to the E-ZPass electronic toll-collection network. E-ZPass customers can use their transponders at toll facilities in Virginia and 14 other states. For more information on E-ZPass, visit

Move Over Law

Virginia’s “Move Over” law requires motorists to move to the next lane, if 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

Northern Virginia High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Schedule And Event Traffic

  • HOV restrictions on Interstate 66, Interstate 95 and Interstate 395 will be lifted on Thursday, July 4. Normal HOV restrictions will be in place on Wednesday, July 3, and Friday, July 5.
  • Direction schedule for the I-95/395 reversible lanes: On Thursday, July 4, the lanes will be northbound from 2 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., and southbound from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Friday, July 5. The lanes will reopen northbound by 3 a.m. July 5.
  • July 4 event traffic: To accommodate travelers attending Fourth of July events in Washington, D.C., VDOT will coordinate and adjust signal timings at more than 120 signalized intersections along major arterial roads, including U.S. 1, U.S. 29, U.S. 50 and routes 7, 123, 236 and 244 in Virginia. Signals will be timed to help move traffic into the District of Columbia during the day and then south and west from the city between 9:30 p.m. and midnight.

More information on Northern Virginia HOV schedules is at

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.

I-64 HOV lanes: On Thursday, July 4, HOV restrictions will be lifted on I-64. The reversible roadway will operate as normally scheduled throughout the weekend.

Travel to the Outer Banks: Motorists going to the North Carolina Outer Banks should use I-664 and the MMMBT to save time. From I-664 south, take I-64 west to exit 292, Chesapeake Expressway/Interstate 464/U.S. 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 through Labor Day weekend. The ferry schedule is at

Gilmerton Bridge (U.S. 13/Military Highway): This project will suspend weeknight closures on Wednesday, July 3, and Thursday, July 4. On Sunday, July 7, the Gilmerton Bridge will resume its weeknight closure schedule, Sunday through Thursday, closing at 8 p.m. and reopening by 5 a.m.

Highway Advisory Radio: Tune to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM to stay informed on Hampton Roads traffic and travel conditions and construction information.

Work Zones And Other Traffic Alerts

While VDOT will lift most lane closures during the extended Fourth of July holiday, motorists may encounter permanent work zones or travel delays in the following locations:

Amherst County

U.S. 29 over Buffalo River: All traffic, both directions, will use southbound lanes during bridge work. Speed limit reduced to 50 mph. Estimated completion April 2014. 

U.S. 60 over Buffalo River: Bridge reconstruction. Temporary detour in place with signage, flaggers and temporary traffic control. Speed limit reduced to 25 mph. Total road width on detour is 22-feet. Estimated completion December 2013.

Mathews/Middlesex county line

Route 3, John Andrew Twigg Bridge: Single lane closure on Twigg Bridge over Piankatank River for maintenance. Vehicles will use single lane both directions with temporary signal controlling traffic.

Montgomery County

Interstate 81: Constructing truck-climbing lane, southbound, mile markers 125 to 120. Expect changing traffic patterns.

Nelson County

U.S. 29 South over Rockfish River: Temporary detour in place using Routes 6 and 6Y during bridge reconstruction. Watch for signage, flaggers, temporary traffic control and temporary signal. Travel lanes are 12-feet wide along detour route. Estimated completion November 2013.

Route 151: Culvert repair project. Road reduced to one lane using temporary traffic signal between south intersection with Route 56 and near Route 676 through July 12, weather permitting.

Roanoke County

U.S. 11/U.S. 460: Widening West Main Street from Salem City limits to Route 830 (Technology Drive). Expect changing traffic patterns. Speed limit 35 mph.

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 the 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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