VDOT News - Statewide
Jenny O’Quinn 804-357-6017
Nov. 20, 2019
VDOT LIFTS LANE CLOSURES FOR FASTER TROT TO TURKEY
VDOT traffic tools can help with travel planning
RICHMOND, Va. – Plan ahead to help make Thanksgiving travel more enjoyable and, most importantly, safe. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will make travel easier by suspending most highway work zones and lifting most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Wednesday, Nov. 27, until noon Monday, Dec. 2.
While lane closures will be lifted in most locations, motorists may encounter semi-permanent work zones that remain in place during this time. A full listing of those lane closures can be found on VDOT’s website.
PLAN FOR THE BUSIEST SPOTS
VDOT's online, interactive travel-trends map shows peak congestion periods on Virginia interstates during the three previous Thanksgiving holiday periods. While it cannot precisely predict when congestion will occur this year, it can help motorists avoid travel when roads have historically been busiest.
Based on traffic data, periods of moderate to heavy congestion will most likely occur in these areas:
NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE AND OTHER INFORMATION
- All HOV restrictions on I-66 will be lifted on Thanksgiving Day.
- Go online to find directional schedules for the reversible 95 Express Lanes.
- I-395 Express Lanes are now open and will operate on a regular schedule.
HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE, TUNNELS AND OTHER INFORMATION
I-64/I-264/I-564 HOV Diamond Lanes and 64 Express Lanes – HOV restrictions and Express Lanes tolls will be lifted on Thursday, Nov. 28. The 64 Express Lanes in Norfolk may be used at no cost to motorists outside of normal operating hours. To learn more about the 64 Express Lanes, click here.
Don’t be a turkey behind the wheel. Do your part to make travel safer for all:
- If you plan to drink, have a designated driver
- Buckle up and ensure children and car seats are safely and properly secured
- Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you
- Use your signals for lane changes and turns
- Keep your eyes on the road
- Take a break if you are drowsy
- Don’t drive distracted, and speak up if someone else is doing so
REAL-TIME TRAFFIC INFO IS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
VDOT’s free mobile 511 app offers information about construction, traffic, incidents and congestion as well as access to traffic cameras, weather and more. Traffic information is also available at 511Virginia.org or by calling 511 from any phone.
To report a road problem or get answers to transportation questions, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center around the clock at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
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.