Friday, April 12, 2024

VDOT Lifting Lane Closures for Easter Weekend

Heavy traffic on the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. (Photo by D. Allen Covey, VDOT)

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will suspend most highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia for the Easter holiday, it announced.

The lift on lane closures will be in effect from noon Friday, March 29, until noon Tuesday, April 2.

While lane closures will be lifted in most locations, VDOT cautions motorists they may encounter semi-permanent work zones that will remain in place during this time, and encourages checking VDOT’s Travel Advisories for the latest travel alerts in your area and around the state.

Put safety first during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but VDOT notes safety should always be top of mind, and is offering the following tips to make travel safer for all:

  • Don’t drive distracted, and speak up if someone else is doing so
  • Take a break if you are drowsy
  • Keep your eyes on the road
  • Buckle up
  • If you plan to drink, have a designated driver or use a ride service

Plan ahead with VDOT 511

VDOT recommends its free mobile 511 app, which offers information about construction, traffic, incidents and congestion, as well as access to traffic cameras, weather, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and more, and 511’s “speak ahead” option provides hands-free and eyes-free audible traffic alerts for incidents and construction along your route.

Traffic information is also available at 511Virginia.org or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

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