Marshall Herman 804-692-2134 (office)
June 26, 2014
VDOT LIFTS LANE CLOSURES DURING FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY
Motorists reminded to “Move Over” for vehicles with flashing blue, red or amber lights
RICHMOND – In anticipation of one of the year’s busiest travel weeks, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will suspend road work over the Fourth of July holiday period to keep traffic moving.
VDOT will lift lane closures on most interstates and highways in Virginia from noon Thursday July 3, until noon Monday, July 7.
Travelers are reminded that 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 that are stopped on the side of the road.
“VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol will be on duty over the Fourth of July holiday to clear travel lanes after a crash or incident, and to assist motorists who are stranded with a disabled vehicle,” said VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “To protect them as they serve others, I stress that all motorists move over a lane and slow down when you approach a Safety Service Patrol truck or law enforcement vehicle stopped along a roadway.”
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.
Want to know what’s ahead on the interstate? Get real-time information on traffic incidents and congestion on Virginia roadways by using the free VDOT 511 mobile app, 511 Virginia’s website or phone system.
Motorists are encouraged to use 511 tools before getting on the road. 511 Virginia 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.
Driver Safety Tips
VDOT encourages all motorists to prevent highway crashes by following these five safety tips while driving:
- Buckle up
- Avoid distractions
- Share the road
- Drive drug- and alcohol-free
- Obey speed limits
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.
Additional Travel Resources and Information
Customer Service Center: To report a road hazard or get answers to your transportation questions, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) at any time.
Social media: Lane closures and incident reports available on 511 also are communicated through VDOT’s 511 Twitter feeds, targeted for different regions and specific interstate corridors. Visit www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/vdot_twitter_feeds.asp for a list of VDOT’s regional and 511 Twitter feeds. VDOT’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT also is updated with statewide travel and transportation news.
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 www.ezpassva.com.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE AND EVENT TRAFFIC:
- HOV restrictions on Interstate 66, I-95 and I-395 will be lifted on Friday, July 4. Normal HOV restrictions will be in place on Thursday, July 3.
- Direction schedule for the I-95/395 reversible lanes: On Friday, 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. on Saturday, July 5. The lanes will reopen northbound by 2 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 122 signalized intersections along major arterial roads, including routes 1, 29, 50, 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.
HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE, TUNNELS AND OTHER INFORMATION:
I-64 HOV lanes: On Friday, July 4, HOV restrictions will be lifted on Interstate 64. The reversible roadway will operate as normally scheduled throughout the weekend.
Gilmerton Bridge (U.S. 13/Military Highway): Weeknight closures are suspended from Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6. On Monday, July 7, the Gilmerton Bridge will resume its weeknight closure schedule, closing at 8 p.m. and reopening by 5 a.m.
I-264, Downtown Tunnel: There will be no scheduled closures from Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6.
I-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 15-A) to Interstate 264 east to Virginia Beach.
Travel to the Outer Banks: Motorists going to the North Carolina Outer Banks should use Interstate 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 291-B to the Outer Banks.
Jamestown-Scotland Ferry: The summer schedule is in effect through Labor Day weekend. The ferry schedule can be viewed online at: www.virginiadot.org/travel/ferry-jamestown.asp.
Highway Advisory Radio (HAR): Tune to 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:
Route 250 (Hankey Mountain Highway): Traffic reduced to single lane for bridge replacement at Ramsey’s Draft. A temporary traffic signal will be in operation.
Route 460: Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction with all traffic shifted into the eastbound lanes from the intersection of Ole Turnpike Road to 1400 feet west of Ole Turnpike Road. Speed limit reduced to 35 mph.
Interstate 81, exit 7: Altered traffic patterns for work to improve Bristol’s busiest interchange. Motorists may experience delays at peak travel times. Use alternate routes when possible.
Route 29/460 interchange: Each week, bridge painting is underway Sunday through Friday between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Estimated completion date September 2014.
Route 360: One lane in each direction will remain closed over the four Route 360 bridges at the Hanover and Henrico county line. Two lanes in each direction will remain open from noon Thursday, July 3, through noon Monday, July 7.
I-64: Between mile markers 174 and 177 on Interstate 64 east and west, drivers can expect intermittent lane closures between 7 a.m. and noon on Monday, July 7. Drivers should use caution, as a permanent work zone has shifted all travel lanes by 6 feet. Lanes on entrance and exit ramps within the work zone have also been shifted. Speed limit reduced to 60 mph.
Route 220: Southbound left lane closure with barrier wall just south of Oak Level, about 0.6 mile south of Route 657 (Rockwood Park Road) for a safety improvement project. Eleven-foot width restriction in place.
I-581 and Route 220: Improving Elm Avenue interchange. Barriers in place on Interstate 581/Route 220 both directions to reduce traffic under Elm Avenue bridge to two lanes. Traffic on Elm Avenue shifted to south side of bridge; changing traffic patterns.
Route 11/460: Widening West Main Street to four lanes from Salem city limits to Route 830 (Technology Drive). Expect changing traffic patterns; speed limit 35 mph.
I-77/I-81 Overlap: High traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles through this eight-mile stretch of interstate. Be alert to delays on northbound Interstate 77 at the I-81 merge.
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