Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
Dec. 21, 2010
VDOT TO CLEAR PATH FOR HOLIDAY TRAVELERS
Preparations under way for potential winter weather
RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will remove temporary work zones on major roads to provide a clear path for holiday travelers to reach their destinations over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
While thousands of motorists are making holiday travel plans, VDOT is keeping an eye on winter weather forecasted to impact the commonwealth the weekend of Dec. 24-26. Crews are readying equipment and preparing to work through the holiday if needed to keep drivers safe on Virginia’s roadways.
Beginning noon Thursday, Dec. 23, until noon Monday, Dec. 27, and from noon Thursday, Dec. 30, until noon Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, no additional lane closures will be established for construction or maintenance activities on Virginia’s major roads except for those needed to deal with emergency road repairs.
Permanent construction barriers will remain in place.
Behind the scenes, VDOT’s maintenance managers are monitoring weather forecasts and preparing to mobilize crews in impacted areas to ensure any storm does not strand holiday travelers.
Despite the holiday, VDOT will staff all of its snow-removal equipment and offices if the anticipated storm dumps measurable precipitation on Virginia’s highways.
VDOT has resources in place to inform the public of road and traffic conditions for regular holiday travels, or for possible white Christmas conditions:
- Before leaving home, visit www.511Virginia.org to plan your trip, view real-time traffic cameras or view the road condition maps.
- Call 511 from any landline or cell phone in Virginia to listen to the latest traffic and road conditions around the state. If you need updated traffic information while you’re driving, pull off the road to call 511.
- Call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask any road-related questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
ADDITIONAL TRAVEL RESOURCES AND INFORMATION:
NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE
- HOV restrictions on Interstate 66, Interstate 95 and Interstate 395 will be lifted Friday, Dec. 24.
- Northbound/southbound schedule for the I-95/I-395 reversible lanes: Lanes will be southbound from 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 23, until 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26; and northbound from 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, through the rest of the weekend.
- HOV restrictions on I-66, I-95 and I-395 will be lifted Friday, Dec. 31.
- Northbound/southbound schedule for the I-95/I-395 reversible lanes: Lanes will be southbound from 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 30, until 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2; and northbound from 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, through the rest of the weekend.
Click here for more information on Northern Virginia HOV schedules.
HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE AND TUNNEL INFORMATION
- The HOV reversible roadway and diamond lane restrictions will be lifted Friday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 31.
E-ZPass customers can use their transponders at toll facilities in 13 states including Virginia. Click here for more information on E-ZPass Virginia.
MOVE OVER LAW
Virginia’s Move Over law requires that motorists move to the next lane when approaching vehicles with flashing blue, red or amber lights stopped on the side of the road. If you cannot switch lanes, you must slow down. Click here for more information about the Move Over law and other rules of the road.
SAFE DRIVING TIPS
Motorists can reduce the risk of a crash or serious injury by taking the five-step Highway Safety Challenge to arrive alive:
- Buckle up
- Obey speed limits
- Avoid distractions
- Share the road
- Drive drug- and alcohol-free
WORK ZONE TRAFFIC ALERTS:
Route 29 over Tye River: Route 29 southbound over Tye River closed to traffic. Northbound lanes are open to both northbound and southbound traffic. Be alert to a new traffic pattern and 45 mph speed limit.
Interstate 64: Median barrier construction will close one lane in each direction between mile markers 18.5 and 24.5. No work on Dec. 23, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The work zone speed limit is 45 mph. Wide loads up to 16 feet can proceed eastbound and westbound through the work zone.
Route 460/Appomattox Bypass: A 10-foot lane restriction and lane closure is in place until Dec. 25 eastbound and through Jan.15 westbound to replace concrete slabs. Virginia State Police will monitor the work zone.
Route 253 (Port Republic Road): Widening project from Route 704 (Boyers Road) to Harrisonburg city limits. All work subject to change and weather permitting.
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.