VDOT wants you to get ‘ho-ho-home’ for the holidays

The Virginia Department of Transportation will suspend most highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and other major roads starting at noon on Christmas Eve until noon on Dec. 26 and noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31 until noon on Thursday, Jan. 2.

While lane closures will be lifted in most locations, motorists may encounter semi-permanent work zones that remain in place during that time. A full listing of those lane closures can be found on VDOT’s website.

Northern Virginia

All HOV restrictions on Interstate 66 will be lifted on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. Go online to find directional schedules for the reversible 95/395 Express Lanes.

Here is VDOT's peak congestion travel predictions for Christmas. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of VDOT)
Here is VDOT’s peak congestion travel predictions for Christmas. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of VDOT)
Here is VDOT's peak congestion travel predictions for New Years. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of VDOT)
Here is VDOT’s peak congestion travel predictions for New Years. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of VDOT)

Hampton Roads

I-64/I-264/I-564 HOV Diamond Lanes and 64 Express Lanes – HOV restrictions and express lanes tolls will be lifted on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2020. The 64 Express Lanes in Norfolk may be used at no cost to motorists outside of normal operating hours.

Safety Tips

  • If you plan to drink, have a designated driver.
  • Buckle up and ensure children and car seats are secured.
  • Slow down for snowy and icy roadways.
  • Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
  • Use your signals for lane changes and turns.
  • Keep an emergency preparedness kit in case of a breakdown in the cold.
  • Don’t drive distracted, and speak up if someone else is doing so.

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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