Greg Bilyeu 804-786-4243
Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Dec. 14, 2017
VDOT WILL LIFT LANE CLOSURES TO EASE HOLIDAY TRAVEL
The new version of the 511 traveler app offers current traffic conditions; travel-trends map predicts congestion
RICHMOND, Virginia – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will lift lane closures where possible during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to help make your travel quicker and easier. VDOT is also offering the next generation of the 511 app to help you plan and navigate your trip; real-time traffic information can also be found online at 511Virginia.org. VDOT’s Christmas/New Year’s travel-trends map will help predict peak congestion to assist you in planning travel.
MOST MAJOR WORK ZONES SUSPENDED DURING CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S TRAVEL
VDOT’s travel-trends map helps travelers predict peak congestion during the upcoming holidays.
VDOT will suspend most highway work zones and lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Friday, Dec. 22 until noon Tuesday, Dec. 26. Lane closures will also be lifted from noon Friday, Dec. 29 to noon Tuesday, Jan. 2.
THE NEXT GENERATION OF VDOT’S 511 APP IS AVAILABLE
If you haven’t yet updated your 511 app, do so before holiday travel. The app has always offered real-time information about construction, traffic, incidents and congestion on Virginia roads, but the new version offers substantial enhancements.
Access to VDOT cameras and more are provided on the map from the overlays menu in the upper right. Open the app, search for any location in the search bar, and see travel times for driving and transit options to that location.
Navigation is provided through VDOT’s partnership with Waze, the free, real-time, crowdsourced navigation app. Tap on an option to see detailed directions, then tap on the Waze button to open the Waze app for navigation to your destination (installation of Waze app is required to use this feature). Learn more about updates to the app on VDOT’s website.
Is inclement weather in the forecast? The new 511 app allows you to track storms, get current road conditions and see live traffic cameras across Virginia. Use Map Options (icon located upper right) and Settings (icon located upper left) to customize your experience.
Online information about Virginia traffic 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.
VDOT’S TRAVEL-TRENDS MAP PREDICTS PEAK CONGESTION
VDOT’s online, interactive travel-trends map shows peak congestion periods on Virginia interstates during the three previous Christmas and New Year’s holidays (2014-2016). 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. The Christmas travel map is currently displayed, with the New Year’s map available by clicking a button near the top of the screen. After Tuesday, Dec. 26, the New Year’s map will be displayed on the main screen.
To use the map, slide the button along the date bar at the top 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.
Those traveling for the Christmas holiday will likely see the most congestion from midday to evening on Saturday, Dec. 23, and Tuesday, Dec. 26, with the most notable congestion being on Interstate 95 south. During the New Year’s holiday, the most notable congestion periods are between noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 31. Some congestion is also expected during the afternoon hours of Tuesday, Jan. 2.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE AND OTHER INFORMATION:
- All HOV restrictions on I-66 and rush hour tolls on the 66 Express Lanes inside the Beltway will be lifted on Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1. Monument Drive and Stringfellow Road HOV ramps operate on a normal weekday schedule.
- HOV restrictions on I-395 will be lifted on Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1. For more information on northern Virginia HOV schedules, visit www.virginiadot.org/travel/hov-novasched.asp.
- Visit www.expresslanes.com for directional schedules for the reversible 95 Express Lanes. 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.
HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE, TUNNELS AND OTHER INFORMATION:
- I-64/I-264/I-564 HOV diamond lanes: Normal operating schedule/restrictions in place for the HOV lanes and the Reversible Roadway Dec. 22-24 and Dec. 29-31. On Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, the Reversible Roadway will maintain a normal operating schedule, and HOV restrictions will be lifted on all HOV diamond lanes.
- 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.
- 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 for holiday travel, motorists may encounter permanent work zones or travel delays in the following locations:
I-81 – Improving Exit 150 interchange. Lane closure and off-ramp narrowed at exit 150 A. Shoulder closures in place throughout the area. Signs and message boards in place.
Route 1 – Repairing southbound bridge on Route 1 (Boydton Plank Road) over CSX property. Traffic reduced to single lane in both directions. Southbound shifted to northbound bridge. Width restriction of 11-feet in both directions.
I-95 – Improving interchange at Exit 130 (Route 3). All travel lanes open; concrete barriers in place along the shoulder northbound and southbound in work zone. Be alert for new traffic signal and traffic pattern at I-95 southbound exit ramp to Route 3 westbound.
Lancaster County/Middlesex County
Route 3 – Traffic reduced to a single lane on the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River, controlled by temporary traffic signals. Painting underway to improve condition of bridge’s center spans.
Route 29/460 – Constructing interchange bridge at Odd Fellows Road and extending Odd Fellows Road. Speed limit in work zone reduced to 45 mph. Lane closures possible.
I-85 – Be alert to lane closures and delays near the North Carolina state line. Alternating lanes will be closed in both directions due to a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) pavement rehabilitation project. Motorists traveling between the Virginia state line and Henderson, N.C. are encouraged to use an alternate route.
I-64 – Widening interstate between Newport News and Williamsburg. Speed limit reduced to 55 mph in work zone both directions.
I-564 – Extending I-564 to Norfolk International Terminals through Naval Station Norfolk. Closures or changes in traffic patterns available at www.i564intermodal.com/press-room/traffic-alerts.
I-64/I-264 – Improving interchange. Lane shift and closed shoulder on I-64 westbound starting after Indian River Road and ending near the I-264 interchange.
Route 17 – Repairing and replacing utility and sewer infrastructure under the intersection of Route 17 (Frederick Boulevard) and Turnpike Road. One lane open northbound Frederick Boulevard at Turnpike Road intersection; southbound Frederick Boulevard remains closed for widening and reconstruction of Turnpike Road. Turnpike Road closed on both sides of the Frederick Boulevard intersection.
I-81 – Replacing northbound bridge over the New River at the Pulaski/Montgomery County line. Shoulders closed between mile markers 103 and 105. Speed limit reduced to 60 mph in work zone.
Route 257 – Replacing bridge over Dry River. Single-lane traffic controlled by temporary signal. Vehicles limited to 13 feet in width.
Route 23 – Replacing eastbound bridge over North Fork Holston River in the Wadlow Gap area. Traffic restricted to one lane both directions, sharing the westbound bridge
Route 11 – Replacing bridge over Cedar Creek at the Shenandoah/Warren County line. Traffic in both directions reduced to one lane, sharing southbound bridge. Northbound traffic will detour across median to use southbound lane.
Route 58 Business – Reconstructing roadway in Courtland. Eastbound lane is closed.
I-95 – Improving the Exit 118 (Thornburg) interchange and replacing the I-95 overpass. All travel lanes open; concrete barriers in place along the shoulder northbound and southbound in work zone.
I-95 – Improving interchange at Exit 140 (Courthouse Road). All travel lanes open; concrete barriers in place along the shoulder northbound and southbound in work zone.
Route 13 – Improving interchange at Route 13 (Northampton Boulevard) to I-64 West. On ramp and merge lane narrows; concrete barrier in place.
- Reconstructing interchange at exit 14. Lanes shifted due to bridge reconstruction at exit. Speed limit through work zone reduced to 60 mph.
- Reconstructing two interstate bridges over Halls Bottom Road near exit 10. Speed limit through work zone reduced to 60 mph.
- Rehabilitating Route F310 bridge at exit 10. Traffic signals are control one-way traffic on Route F310. Nighttime lane closures on I-81 near exit 10.
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.
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