Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
Nov. 22, 2016
Safety Service Patrol expands I-81 coverage in Southwest Virginia for Thanksgiving Holiday
BRISTOL – The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Safety Service Patrol will expand their coverage in areas along Interstate 81 this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
In the Wytheville area between Exits 70 and 92, there will be additional Safety Service Patrol units during the afternoon and evening hours Wednesday and Sunday.
In the Bristol area of Washington County, which typically has Safety Service Patrol vehicles monitoring Tuesday through Saturday, patrols will be increased to cover Sunday.
There will also be additional Safety Service Patrol units in the Salem and Christiansburg areas Wednesday and Sunday afternoon and evenings.
If you plan to travel over Thanksgiving, VDOT travel-trends map can help you determine the best times to drive during the holiday period.
VDOT’s online, interactive travel-trends map shows peak congestion periods on Virginia interstates during the three previous Thanksgiving holidays (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.
VDOT will be lifting lane closures where possible during the holiday period. If you’re looking for real-time traffic information, 511virginia.org can help through the long Thanksgiving weekend, and every day.
VDOT will suspend most highway work zones and lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Wednesday, Nov. 23, until noon Monday, Nov. 28.
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