Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
Dec. 18, 2014
VDOT PREPARED FOR YEAR-END TRAVEL
Check VDOT’s 511 before you go for latest travel times, road conditions
RICHMOND, Va. – Driving on Virginia’s interstates and highways during the year-end holidays will be easier than ever with online tools from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to keep you up to date on traffic conditions.
You can find real-time information about traffic, incidents and congestion on Virginia roads at 511.
Download the free mobile VDOT 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected on the go, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can call 511 from any phone in Virginia. Please ask your passengers make the call if you are driving.
MOST MAJOR WORK ZONES TO TAKE A HOLIDAY
VDOT will suspend most highway work zones for several days over the holidays to limit congestion and provide as many travel lanes as possible.
VDOT will lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia during the following dates and times:
- Noon, Wednesday, Dec. 24, to noon, Friday, Dec. 26, and
- Noon, Wednesday, Dec. 31, to noon, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE AND OTHER INFORMATION:
- Wednesday, Dec. 24 − Normal HOV restrictions are in effect.
- Thursday, Dec. 25− HOV restrictions on Interstate 95, Interstate 395 and Interstate 66 are lifted. I-95/395 reversible lanes will be northbound on Christmas Day.
- Friday, Dec. 26− HOV restrictions on I-95, I-395 and I-66 are lifted. The I-95/395 reversible lanes will be northbound until 10:30 a.m. They will reopen southbound at 1 p.m.
Tolling begins Monday, Dec. 29, on the I-95 Express Lanes (between Edsall Road in Fairfax County and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County). Drivers will need either an E-ZPass Flex (for HOV-3 to ride free) or an E-ZPass to use the lanes at all times. Get more information at www.95expresslanes.com.
- Wednesday, Dec. 31: Normal HOV restrictions are in effect. I-95/395 reversible lanes will remain southbound through the evening and on New Year’s Day.
- Thursday, Jan. 1: HOV restrictions on I-395 and I-66 are lifted. I-95/395 reversible lanes will remain southbound until midnight and switch to northbound by 2 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2.
- Friday, Jan. 2: Normal HOV restrictions are in effect.
- 95 Express Lanes: Roadway improvements for the 29-mile corridor of the new I-95/395 Express Lanes, between Garrisonville Road in Stafford County and Edsall Road in Fairfax County, opened to traffic on Dec. 14.
Drivers are reminded to stay alert and use caution when driving in and around the Express Lanes corridor through the holidays, as new lanes, traffic patterns and access points are open.
Lane closures will be restricted during the holiday hours as listed above, but motorists should expect day- and nighttime closures on this stretch of I-95/395 outside these designated dates while crews put finishing touches on the new roadway.
HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE, TUNNELS AND OTHER INFORMATION:
- Interstate 64/Interstate 264/Interstate 564 HOV diamond lanes – HOV restrictions will be lifted on all HOV diamond lanes on Thursday, Dec. 25, and Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
- I-64 reversible lanes − Lanes will operate on the regular schedule with no HOV restrictions.
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 Interstate 264 east to Virginia Beach
- Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) – Tune to 1680 AM to stay informed on Hampton Roads traffic, travel conditions and construction information.
WORK ZONES AND OTHER TRAFFIC ALERTS
While VDOT will lift most lane closures during the year-end holiday period, motorists may encounter permanent work zones or travel delays in the following locations:
Route 54 − One lane each direction on East Patrick Henry Road over I-95 will remain open. Temporary traffic signals in place.
Interstate 81 – Replacing Route 608 bridge over interstate near mile marker 170. Work under bridge requires lane closures both directions, Sundays-Thursdays, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., at various times. Detour signs directing traffic on Route 608 (Indian Rock Road).
Interstate 81 – Improving interchange at exit 7. Expect delays. Motorists can use exits 5 and 10 to avoid the work zone to access area roads and businesses.
Route 58 – Improving road between Laurel Fork and Meadows of Dan. Periodic lane closures, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with flagging crews directing traffic. Watch for changes in traffic pattern and trucks entering and exiting highway.
Route 17 − Improving drainage, from just south of Airport Road near June Parker Marina to just north of Marsh Street. Traffic reduced to one lane both directions.
Route 220 – Repairing guardrails both directions in various locations between routes 919 and 1505. Travel lane and shoulder closures, Mondays-Fridays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. southbound, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. northbound.
Route 220 – Repairing bridge over rail tracks between U.S. 220 Business and Route 40. Alternating lane closures possible. Watch for signs and flaggers directing traffic.
Route 460 – Repairing bridges over New River and nearby rail tracks. Alternating lane closures in place. Left lanes both directions on both bridges closed to traffic.
Route 1 − Traffic reduced to one lane each direction on Washington Highway for CSX bridge rehabilitation.
Hanover/Henrico county line
Route 360 – Replacing bridges on Mechanicsville Turnpike. Left lanes remained closed both directions between Elm Drive and Springdale Road over Chickahominy River.
Route 231 – Replacing bridge over Mulatto Run. Traffic restricted to one travel lane controlled by temporary signals.
Route 460/Route 460 Business – Working on traffic signals at U.S. 460 intersection with North Main Street in Blacksburg and Montgomery County, Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Montgomery/Roanoke county line
Interstate 81 – Rehabilitating pavement southbound from mile marker 132 to 125. Nightly lane closures, Sundays to Thursdays, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime lane closures, southbound, mile marker 128 to 125, Mondays to Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Interstate 581/Route 220 Expressway − Roadway may be reduced to two lanes both directions and traffic may be redirected off I-581 onto exit 6 ramp, across Elm Avenue, and back onto I-581 near Elm Avenue bridge.
Interstate 64 – Rehabilitating bridges over Maury River. Eastbound traffic detours across median to westbound side of interstate. Traffic in both directions will use westbound bridge. Speed limit 55 mph.
Route 360 – Replacing bridge deck. Ramp from Mechanicsville Turnpike east to I-64 west remains closed. Detour in place.
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.
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
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.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center
To report a road hazard or get answers to your transportation questions, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) 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.
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.