VDOT News - Statewide
Wendy Jenkins 804-371-0253, 804-350-0858
Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
Aug. 26, 2016
LANE CLOSURES LIFTED FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL
Alternate route encouraged for Virginia Beach, Outer Banks traffic
RICHMOND, Va. – If you’re heading to the beach to enjoy the last long weekend of summer, consider taking Route 460 to reduce travel time to the Outer Banks and Virginia Beach.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has several online resources - including the Labor Day Weekend travel trends map - that are available to help you plan your trip.
VDOT also will be lifting lane closures in most areas to help lower congestion during the holiday travel weekend.
MOST MAJOR WORK ZONES SUSPENDED DURING HOLIDAY TRAVEL
VDOT will suspend most highway work zones and lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Friday, Sept. 2, until noon Tuesday, Sept. 6.
BEACH TRAFFIC ENCOURAGED TO USE ROUTE 460
While Interstate 64 Widening is in progress in Newport News, James City County and York County, motorists planning a through-trip to Virginia Beach or the Outer Banks are encouraged to use Route 460 as an alternate route to avoid congestion.
TRAVEL-TREND MAP HELPS PREDICT PEAK CONGESTION
VDOT’s online, interactive travel-trends map shows peak congestion periods on Virginia interstates during the three previous Labor Day weekends (2013-2015).
The map shows varying amounts of interstate traffic by time of day, using red for heavy congestion, yellow for moderate congestion and green for little or no congestion.
To use the map, slide the button along the date bar at the top of the map to update predicted traffic information at half-hour intervals between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. for each day. You also can zoom and pan to specific areas of the state.
- Based on traffic data, heavy congestion on the most recent Labor Day weekends was most likely to occur from mid-morning to evening on Friday and Monday. In addition, routes to Virginia Beach are likely to be congested mid-morning to evening on Saturday.
- Congestion is expected on I-64 westbound from mid-morning to late afternoon throughout the holiday period.
While the map shows trends for delays during the most recent Labor Day holidays, it cannot precisely predict congestion levels for this year’s four-day travel period.
REAL-TIME TRAFFIC INFORMATION ON 511
Real-time information about traffic, incidents and congestion on Virginia roads is available at 511Virginia.org. Download the free mobile VDOT 511 app, or call 511 from any phone. To report a road problem or get answers to your transportation questions, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) around the clock.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE AND OTHER INFORMATION:
- I-66 and I-395 – HOV restrictions will be lifted on Monday, Sept. 5. Normal HOV restrictions remain on Friday, Sept. 2, and resume Tuesday, Sept. 6. For more information on northern Virginia HOV schedules, visit www.virginiadot.org/travel/hov-novasched.asp.
- I-95 Express Lanes and I-395 reversible lanes:
- Friday, Sept. 2 – Lanes close at 10 a.m. and reverse to southbound by noon.
- Saturday, Sept. 3 – Lanes close at 2 p.m. and reverse to northbound by 4 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 4 and Monday, Sept. 5 – Lanes remain northbound throughout the day.
- Tuesday, Sept. 6 − Lanes remain northbound through morning rush; reversal to southbound begins at 11 a.m.
Drivers are reminded that they need an E-ZPass Flex (for HOV-3 to ride toll-free) or an E-ZPass to use the 95 and 495 Express Lanes at all times. For more information, visit www.expresslanes.com.
HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE, TUNNELS AND OTHER INFORMATION:
- I-64/I-264/I-564 HOV diamond lanes – HOV restrictions will be lifted on all HOV diamond lanes on Monday, Sept. 5.
- I-64 reversible lanes − Lanes will operate on regular schedule Friday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 5. The information below shows changes to the schedule:
- Saturday, Sept. 3 − eastbound open to all traffic.
- Sunday, Sept. 4 − westbound open to all traffic at 11 a.m.
- I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) – Local traffic to Virginia Beach is encouraged to use the I-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 I-264 east to Virginia Beach.
- Travel to Outer Banks – Local traffic 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/I-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.
- Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) – Tune to 1680 AM to stay informed on Hampton Roads traffic, travel conditions and construction information.
THREE I-95 REST AREAS AT LADYSMITH, SKIPPERS OPEN WITH TEMPORARY FACILITIES
Three rest areas, two in Caroline County on northbound and southbound I-95 at Ladysmith and another on northbound I-95 in Greensville County at Skippers, were demolished in April and are being reconstructed. While new rest areas are being built, temporary restroom facilities will be available at these sites.
WORK ZONES AND OTHER TRAFFIC ALERTS
While VDOT will lift most lane closures for holiday travel, motorists may encounter permanent work zones or travel delays in the following locations:
Route 609 – Road closed for widening project. Follow detour.
Route 709 – Road closed for widening project. Follow detour.
- Narrowed lanes and shoulder closures between Route 643 (Polo Grounds Road) and Route 1719 (Towncenter Drive). Speed limit in work zone reduced to 40 mph.
- New traffic pattern on Route 29 at Route 631 (Rio Road). Motorists should follow directional signs. Speed limit in work zone reduced to 35 mph. More information: www.Route29Solutions.org.
Route 159 – Replacing bridge over Crow Run near Route 311 intersection. Follow detour.
U.S. 501 – Replacing bridge at Route 130 intersection over James River. Traffic controls and flaggers in use.
I-85 – Repairing bridge over railroad at mile marker 28. Traffic limited to one lane both directions. Ramp from I-85 north to Route 1 closed. Ramp from Route 1 south to I-85 south closed. Follow posted detours.
I-81 – Improving exit 150 interchange. Daytime shoulder closures and nighttime lane closures possible Thursday to Sunday, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Routes 220 Alternate and 11. Exit 150B off-ramp from I-81 northbound onto Route 11 is narrowed and reduced to one lane. Width restriction in place.
Route 20 – Replacing bridge over Slate River. Speed limit in work zone reduced to 45 mph.
Route 29 – Constructing restricted crossing U-turn intersection at Route 718 (Mountain Run Lake Road). Median crossover closed at intersection. Follow detour.
Route 6 – Replacing bridge over Rivanna River. Traffic restricted to one lane controlled by temporary signals.
I-81 – Reconstructing interchange at exit 310. Shoulders closed. Speed limit through work zone reduced to 60 mph.
U.S. 301 – Replacing southbound bridge over rail tracks north of Emporia. Traffic detoured to I-95.
Route 58 Business – Considerable traffic delays for annual flea market and music event. Pay attention to signs and message boards and watch for police directing traffic. Avoid area if not attending event.
Isle of Wight County
U.S. 58 – Replacing bridge over rail tracks and Route 632. Follow detour.
Route 680 – Replacing bridge over Stallings Creek. Follow detour.
Route 29/460 – Constructing safety improvements from Concord Turnpike to Candlers Mountain Road in both directions. Speed limit in work zone reduced to 45 mph.
I-64 – Widening interstate. Trucks traveling westbound restricted to right lane between Jefferson Avenue (exit 255) and Yorktown Road (exit 247).
Route 29 – Replacing bridge over railroad tracks. Southbound detour in place.
I-264 – Constructing Martin Luther King (MLK) Extension. Right lane closed both directions between Portsmouth Boulevard and Effingham Street. Two lanes open to traffic.
Route 230 – Replacing bridge over Conway River. Traffic restricted to one lane controlled by temporary signals.
Route 522 – Replacing bridge over Wilson Branch. Traffic restricted to one lane controlled by temporary signals.
Interstate 581 – Constructing diverging-diamond interchange at exit 3C. Lane closures; traffic may be restricted to one lane. Valley View Boulevard may have periodic lane closures, traffic pattern changes in both directions.
I-64 – Rehabilitating Maury River bridges. Westbound traffic will detour across median to eastbound lanes between mile markers 53.3 and 55.3. Traffic both directions restricted to single lane and will use eastbound bridge during work on westbound bridge. Speed limit through work zone reduced to 55 mph.
Route 659 –Replacing bridge over Flat Swamp Creek. Follow detour.
I-81 – Reconstructing interchange at exit 14. Lanes shifted due to bridge reconstruction at exit. Speed limit through work zone reduced to 60 mph.
Route 340 – Replacing bridge over South River. Road closed between Constitution Park and East Avenue. Through traffic will use Broad Street (Route 250) as detour.
I-77/I-81 overlap – High traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles through this eight-mile stretch. Be alert for 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.