Marshall Herman 804-692-2134
Aug. 22, 2014
VDOT TO LIFT LANE CLOSURES FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
Check Virginia’s 511 tools and travel-trend map to plan your route and avoid congestion
RICHMOND, Va. – The summer travel season may be drawing to a close, but the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is prepared for the surge of travelers expected to use the commonwealth’s interstates and highways over the extended Labor Day holiday travel period.
To keep traffic moving and reduce congestion, VDOT will lift lane closures on most interstates and highways from noon Friday, Aug. 29, until noon Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Before you get on the road, check 511 for real-time traffic information. Get updates along the way with VDOT’s free mobile 511 app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. Please don’t drive and call at the same time; pull over or have a passenger call 511 for you.
Travel-Trend Map Shows When, Where to Avoid Peak Congestion
If you plan to use Virginia’s interstates during the long Labor Day weekend, travel patterns for the holiday from the past three years are available online to help you plan your departure and arrival times.
VDOT has posted a travel-trend map showing peak congestion periods for the 2011-2013 Labor Day weekends. It can be found at http://people.virginia.edu/~seb4v/LaborDay2014/desktop.html.
The map indicates varying amounts of interstate traffic by time of day, using red for heavy congestion, yellow for moderate congestion and green for little or no congestion.
To use the map, slide the button along the date bar at the top of the map to update predicted traffic information at half-hour intervals between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. for each day. You also can zoom and pan to specific areas of the state.
While this information indicates previous trends for delays during the three most recent Labor Day holiday weekends, it cannot precisely predict congestion levels for this year’s travel period.
Motorist Safety Tips
VDOT encourages all motorists to do their part to prevent highway crashes by following these 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 Tools
Lane closures and incident reports available on 511 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 http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/vdot_twitter_feeds.asp for a list of VDOT’s Twitter accounts and information on how to subscribe.
Follow your district:
- Bristol– @VaDOTBristol
- Culpeper – @VaDOTCULP
- Lynchburg– @VaDOTLynchburg
- Fredericksburg – @VaDOTFRED
- Hampton Roads – @VaDOTHR
- Northern Virginia– @VaDOTNOVA
- Richmond – @VaDOTRVA
- Salem – @VaDOTSalem
- Staunton – @VaDOTStaunton
Follow your region (511 traffic feeds):
- Northern – @511northernva
- Hampton Roads– @511hamptonroads
- Central – @511centralva
- Northwest – @511northwestva
- Southwest – @511southwestva
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 questions, 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 http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/major_road_construction_projects.asp 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 www.ezpassva.com.
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 http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/move_it_move_over.asp.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE:
HOV restrictions on Interstates 66, 95 and 395 will be lifted on Monday, Sept. 1. Normal HOV restrictions will be in place on Friday, Aug. 29, and Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Direction schedule for I-95/I-395 reversible lanes: Lanes will be southbound from noon Friday, Aug. 29, until 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Lanes will reopen northbound by 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, and remain northbound through 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 2.
HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE, TUNNELS AND OTHER INFORMATION:
I-64 HOV lanes: On Monday, Sept. 1, 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): Bridge will remain open on Friday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 1. Bridge will not close on Sunday, Aug. 31, or Monday, Sept. 1. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, bridge will resume its weeknight closure schedule (normally Sunday nights to Thursday mornings), closing at 8 p.m. and reopening by 5 a.m.
Interstate 264 Downtown Tunnel: No closures scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 1. Tunnel will remain open to traffic.
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 15A) to I-264 east to Virginia Beach.
Travel to 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: Summer schedule in effect through Labor Day weekend. Ferry schedule at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/ferry-jamestown.asp.
Highway Advisory Radio: Tune to 1680 AM to stay informed on Hampton Roads traffic, travel conditions and road construction.
WORK ZONES AND OTHER TRAFFIC ALERTS
While VDOT will lift most lane closures during the extended Labor Day holiday, motorists may encounter permanent work zones or travel delays in the following locations:
U.S. 29 Bypass: Bridge painting on Route 659 overpass through Monday, Sept. 1. Lane closures on bypass and Route 659. Signs and other traffic-control devices in use.
U.S. 250: Replacing bridge on Hankey Mountain Highway. Traffic reduced to one lane; temporary traffic signal in use.
U.S. 460: Traffic reduced to one lane each direction, with all traffic shifted into eastbound lanes from intersection of Ole Turnpike Road to 1,400-feet west of Ole Turnpike Road. Speed limit 35 mph.
Interstate 81, exit 7: Improving interchange. Traffic patterns altered. Delays possible at peak travel times. Use alternate routes.
U.S. 460: Bridge deck work. Traffic on eastbound bridge over U.S. 29 bypass reduced to one lane. Traffic-control devices will direct motorists.
Interstate 77 – Hillsville: Expect congestion around exit 14 on I-77 and on U.S. 58 due to annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show. Those not attending event should avoid area.
U.S. 15/29 Business: Constructing roundabout at Route 229. Lane closure in place. Expect traffic pattern changes.
U.S. 17: Replacing bridge near June Parker Marina at Tappahannock. Traffic reduced to one lane each direction.
Route 54: Traffic reduced to one lane each direction between Hill Carter Parkway and Mount Herman Road.
Hanover-Henrico County line
U.S. 360: One lane each direction closed on four bridges at Hanover-Henrico County line. Two lanes each direction open from noon Friday, Aug. 29, through noon Tuesday, Sept. 2.
U.S. 220: Safety improvement project. Southbound left lane closed with barrier wall just south of Oak Level, about 0.60 mile south of Route 657 (Rockwood Park Road). Eleven-foot width restriction in place.
Interstate 581: Improving Elm Avenue interchange. Barriers in place on I-581/U.S. 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.
U.S. 11/460: Widening West Main Street to four lanes from Salem city limits to Route 830 (Technology Drive). Changing traffic patterns; speed limit 35 mph.
Interstate 77/Interstate 81 overlap: High traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles through this eight-mile stretch. 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.