Jenny O'Quinn 804-225-4984, 804-357-6017
Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
June 24, 2016
RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has a travel-trends map that can help with travel plans if you’re heading to Hampton Roads, Richmond or northern Virginia during the Fourth of July holiday.
If you’re planning to visit Virginia Beach or the Outer Banks, an alternate route is encouraged to reduce travel time.
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 July 1 to noon, Tuesday, July 5.
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.
UPDATE: POTENTIAL DELAYS ON I-85 NEAR THE NORTH CAROLINA BORDER
Construction on I-85 in North Carolina near the Virginia state line could cause delays. While the northbound lanes are being reconstructed, all traffic has been shifted onto the southbound side of I-85 in two locations, creating a two-lane, two-way traffic pattern.
These shifts can cause backups and delays due to the volume of traffic going through the work zone. Drivers will encounter one shift a few miles south of the Virginia state line, between North Carolina mile markers 226 and 230, and another between North Carolina mile markers 213.5 and 218.5, about 20 miles past the Virginia state line. More information about the project and travel advice is available from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
TRAVEL-TRENDS MAP HELPS PREDICT PEAK CONGESTION IN HAMPTON ROADS, RICHMOND, NORTHERN VIRGINIA
VDOT’s online, interactive travel-trends map shows peak congestion periods on interstates in the Hampton Roads, Richmond and northern Virginia areas based on historic data.
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.
- Based on the traffic data, I-95 northbound is expected to see periods of heavy congestion on Friday between noon and 6 p.m., and on Monday between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
- Heavy congestion is expected on I-95 southbound on Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday morning until noon, and Monday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Moderate to heavy traffic is expected on I-66 in both directions for most of Friday and on Monday in the late evening. A similar trend is expected on I-395.
While the map shows trends for delays based on historic data, it cannot precisely predict congestion levels for this year’s four-day travel period.
CHECK 511 FOR REAL-TIME TRAFFIC INFORMATION
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. Coverage on the system now includes many U.S. routes in addition to interstate coverage to better help you plan travel. 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:
- HOV restrictions on I-66 and I-395 will be lifted on Monday, July 4. Normal HOV restrictions remain on Friday, July 1, and resume 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.
For more information on northern Virginia HOV schedules, visit www.virginiadot.org/travel/hov-novasched.asp.
- Direction schedule for the I-95 Express Lanes/I-395 reversible lanes:
- Friday, July 1 – Lanes close at 10 a.m. and reverse to southbound by noon.
- Saturday, July 2 – Lanes close at 2 p.m. and reverse to southbound by 4 p.m.
- Sunday, July 3 – Lanes remain northbound throughout the day.
- Monday, July 4 − Lanes close at 7 p.m. and reverse to southbound by 9 p.m. to accommodate traffic leaving Washington, D.C. They will close at midnight to reverse back to northbound by 2 p.m.
For information on the 95 and 495 Express Lanes schedules and rules visit www.expresslanes.com. Drivers are reminded that they need an E-ZPass Flex (for HOV-3 to ride toll-free) or an E-ZPass to use the lanes at all times.
- Fourth of July event traffic − VDOT will coordinate and adjust signal timings at more than 120 signalized intersections along major roads in Virginia, including routes 1, 7, 29, 50, 123, 236 and 244, to help move traffic into the District of Columbia during the day, then south and west from the city between 9:30 p.m. and midnight.
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 Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4.
- I-64 reversible lanes − Lanes will operate on the regular schedule with no HOV restrictions on Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4.
- 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.
E-ZPass is a convenient choice for electronic toll payment in 16 states including Virginia. There are no monthly fees and the opening balance belongs to the account holder for the payment of tolls. For more information, visit the website at EZPassVA.com or call 1-877-762-7824.
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. Use detour.
- Reconstructing intersection at Route 631 (Rio Road). Traffic limited to three lanes northbound and two lanes southbound from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. One lane open each direction from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Speed limit in work zone reduced to 35 mph.
- Rio Road crossover at Route 29 is closed. Rio Road traffic cannot cross Route 29. Left-turn movements not permitted at intersection. Detour in place. More information: www.Route29Solutions.org.
- 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.
U.S. 501 – Replacing bridge at Route 130 intersection over James River. One lane open. Traffic controls in use.
Route 130 – Replacing bridge over Pedlar River. Traffic controls 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.
Route 20 – Replacing bridge over Slate River. Speed limit in work zone reduced to 45 mph.
Route 226 – Replacing bridge 0.3 miles east of U.S. 460. Temporary signal directing traffic.
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.
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 through 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 406 – Resurfacing pavement in eastbound lanes of Route 406 (Terminal Boulevard). Road closed 8 p.m. Friday, July 1 to noon, Sunday, July 3. Follow detour.
Route 29 – Replacing southbound bridge over rail tracks. Detour in place.
I-264 – Constructing Martin Luther King (MLK) Extension. Right lanes closed both directions between Portsmouth Boulevard and Effingham Street. Two lanes open to traffic.
U.S. 522 – Rehabilitating bridge over Wilson Branch. Traffic restricted to one lane controlled by temporary signals.
I-581 – Constructing new interchange. Northbound right lane closed from 10th Street to Exit 3E at Hershberger Road. Southbound right lane closed from Hershberger Road to 10th Street approaching the Valley View Mall area. Shoulders are closed, barricade walls in place.
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.
Route 659 – Replacing bridge over Flat Swamp. Follow detour.
U.S. 17 – Widening to six lanes between Stafford Lakes Parkway and McLane Drive. Two lanes open both directions. Speed limit through work zone reduced to 35 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.