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Aug. 22, 2013

Check 511Virginia to avoid congestion, plan your route

RICHMOND The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will suspend most road work during the Labor Day travel period.

VDOT will lift lane closures on most interstates and highways in Virginia from noon Friday, Aug. 30, until noon Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Want to know what’s ahead on the interstate? Get real-time information on traffic incidents and congestion on Virginia roads by using the VDOT 511 free mobile app, 511Virginia’s website or phone system.

“I encourage all Virginia motorists and visitors to use the 511Virginia system to make informed choices as they travel around the state this Labor Day holiday and throughout the year,” said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley.

511Virginia 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.

Motorist Safety Tips

By lifting lane closures over the Labor Day holiday period, VDOT will provide additional capacity for motorists.

VDOT encourages all motorists to do their part 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

Lane closures and incident reports available on 511Virginia 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 for a list of VDOT’s Twitter accounts and how to subscribe.

VDOT’s Facebook page at is updated with statewide travel and transportation news.

To report a road hazard or to get answers to your transportation question, 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 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

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

Northern Virginia HOV Schedule

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) restrictions on Interstate 66, Interstate 95 and Interstate 395 will be lifted on Monday, Sept. 2. Normal HOV restrictions will be in place on Friday, Aug. 30, and Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Direction schedule for the I-95/I-395 reversible lanes: Lanes will be southbound from noon Friday, Aug. 30, until 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. The lanes will re-open northbound by 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and remain northbound through 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 3.

Hampton Roads HOV Schedule, Tunnels and Other Information

Interstate 64 HRBT: Motorists traveling to Virginia Beach are encouraged to use the Interstate 664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) as an alternative to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT). To Virginia Beach, take I-664 south to the MMMBT. Then take the Portsmouth/Norfolk exit (exit 15A) to Interstate 264 east to Virginia Beach.

I-64 HOV lanes: On Monday, Sept. 2, HOV restrictions will be lifted on I-64. The reversible roadway will operate as normally scheduled throughout the weekend.

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/Route 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: The summer schedule is in effect through Labor Day weekend. The ferry schedule is at

Gilmerton Bridge (Route 13/Military Highway): The bridge will remain open Friday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2. The bridge will not be closed on Sunday, Sept. 1, or Monday, Sept. 2. On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Gilmerton Bridge will resume its weeknight closure schedule, (normally Sunday nights to Thursday mornings), closing at 8 p.m. and reopening by 5 a.m.

HAR: Tune to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 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 Labor Day holiday, motorists may encounter permanent work zones or travel delays in the following locations:

Amherst County

Route 29: Over Buffalo River, all traffic, both directions, will use southbound lanes during bridge work. Speed limit 50 mph. 

Route 60: Reconstructing Buffalo River bridge. Temporary 22-foot-wide detour with signage, flaggers and temporary traffic control. Speed limit 25 mph.

Carroll County

Route 58 Business: Annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show will cause significant traffic delays over Labor Day weekend. Those not attending the event are encouraged to avoid the area.

Mathews/Middlesex county line

Route 3, John Andrew Twigg Bridge: Single lane closure on Twigg Bridge over Piankatank River for maintenance. Vehicles will use single lane both directions with temporary signal controlling traffic.

Montgomery County

Interstate 81: Constructing southbound truck-climbing lane, mile markers 125 to 120. Expect changing traffic patterns.

Nelson County

Route 29: Reconstructing southbound Rockfish River bridge. Temporary 12-foot-wide detour in place using Routes 6 and 6Y.


Interstate 581/Route 220 and Elm Avenue Interchange – Improving Elm Avenue interchange. Barriers in place both directions on I-581/Route 220 that reduce  traffic under Elm Avenue bridge to two lanes. Traffic on Elm Avenue shifts to south side of bridge, with through lanes restricted to 11-feet.

Roanoke County

Route 11/Route 460: Widening West Main Street from Salem City limits to Route 830 (Technology Drive). Expect changing traffic patterns. Speed limit 35 mph.

Wythe County

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.

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