VDOT lifts lane closures for faster trot to turkey dinner

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of VDOT)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of VDOT)

The Virginia Department of Transportation is trying to make Thanksgiving travel a little less hectic.

VDOT will be suspending most highway work zones and lifting most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Wednesday, Nov. 27, until noon Monday, Dec. 2.

While lane closures will be lifted in most locations, motorists may encounter semi-permanent work zones that remain in place during this time, according to a press release.
A full listing of those lane closures can be found on VDOT’s website.
PLAN FOR THE BUSIEST SPOTS
VDOT’s online, interactive travel-trends map shows peak congestion periods on Virginia interstates during the three previous Thanksgiving holiday periods. While VDOT officials say they can not precisely predict when congestion will occur this year, it can help motorists avoid travel when roads have historically been busiest.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE AND OTHER INFORMATION
HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE, TUNNELS AND OTHER INFORMATION
  • I-64/I-264/I-564 HOV Diamond Lanes and 64 Express Lanes – HOV restrictions will be lifted from noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27 to noon on Monday, Dec. 2. Express lanes tolls will be lifted on Thursday, Nov. 28. The 64 Express Lanes in Norfolk may be used at no cost to motorists outside of normal operating hours, including Sundays. To learn more about the 64 Express Lanes, click here.
STAY SAFE
Don’t be a turkey behind the wheel. Do your part to make travel safer for all:
  • If you plan to drink, have a designated driver
  • Buckle up and ensure children and car seats are safely and properly secured
  • Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you
  • Use your signals for lane changes and turns
  • Keep your eyes on the road
  • Take a break if you are drowsy
  • Don’t drive distracted, and speak up if someone else is doing so
REAL-TIME TRAFFIC INFO IS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
VDOT’s free mobile 511 app offers information about construction, traffic, incidents and congestion as well as access to traffic cameras, weather and more. Traffic information is also available at 511Virginia.org or by calling 511 from any phone.
To report a road problem or get answers to transportation questions, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center around the clock at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

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