VDOT News - Statewide
Jenny O’Quinn 804-357-6017
Jeff Stapleton 804-371-6026
Dec. 14, 2018
VDOT WILL LIFT LANE CLOSURES TO EASE HOLIDAY TRAVEL
511 app and travel-trends map team up to make holiday travel more efficient
RICHMOND, Va. – To ease traffic associated with Christmas and New Year's holiday travel, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is suspending most road closures during this heavy travel period.
VDOT will suspend several highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Monday, Dec. 24, until noon Wednesday, Dec. 26 and again from noon Monday, Dec. 31 until noon Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
While lane closures will be lifted in most areas, motorists may encounter semi-permanent work zones that remain in place during this time. A full listing of those lane closures can be found on VDOT’s website.
TRAVEL-TRENDS MAP HELPS PREDICT 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. While it cannot precisely predict when congestion will occur this year, it can help avoid travel when roads have historically been busiest.
Based on the traffic data, the busiest times will be midday to evening on Saturday, Dec. 22 and Wednesday, Dec. 26, with the most notable congestion on Interstate 95 south. During the New Year's holiday, the most notable congestion periods are between noon and 7 p.m. on both Sunday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Dec. 31. Some congestion is also noted in the afternoon hours of Wednesday, Jan. 2.
VDOT’s travel-trends map can help predict when congestion is expected to occur.
PUT SAFETY FIRST
Your behaviors impact others. Do your part in making travel safer for all:
- If you plan to drink, have a designated driver or use a ride service
- 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 INFORMATION TRAFFIC INFO IS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
VDOT's 511 app offers information about construction, traffic, incidents and congestion as well as access to traffic cameras, weather and more. The free 511 app is available via the App store or Google Play. Traffic information is also available at 511Virginia.org, or by calling 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.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE (HOV) SCHEDULE AND OTHER INFORMATION:
- HOV restrictions on I-66 will be lifted on Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1.
- Go online to find directional schedules for the reversible 95 Express Lanes.
HAMPTON ROADS HOV SCHEDULE, TUNNELS AND OTHER INFORMATION:
- I-64/I-264/I-564 HOV diamond lanes: HOV restrictions and express lanes tolls will be lifted on Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1.
- 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.
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.