Shannon N. Marshall 804-371-6844


Nov. 1, 2010


RICHMOND—Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2, and it is not just the politicians concerned about the number of voters going to the polls. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is urging motorists to be particularly alert for increased traffic and possible delays along the roadways, especially those near polling places.

According to National Public Radio, Election Day vehicle accident rates tend to be higher than other notable days such as New Years and the Fourth of July. VDOT, in conjunction with other state and local agencies, is working to anticipate and address the public’s concerns in advance.  For example, VDOT is making every effort to reduce the number of construction/maintenance activities taking place in the vicinity of poll sites and to provide signage where appropriate.

Polls are slated to be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic backups are possible in many locations across the state.  

Motorists can do their part by being aware of road conditions and any possible delays by using the 511 system.  Before leaving work or home, citizens may visit or dial 511 (TTY/TDD 711) for up-to-date traffic information.  

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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