Wednesday, February 21, 2024

VDOT to lift the lane closures during the Thanksgiving holiday

(Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of VDOT)
(Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of VDOT)

VDOT will suspend most highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Wednesday, Nov. 21 until noon Monday, Nov. 26.

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.

The Travel-Trend Map

While you’re traveling to your various destinations this holiday season, VDOT has created a travel-trends map which will help you predict peak congestion.

VDOT’s online interactive travel-trends map shows peak congestion periods on Virginia interstates during previous Thanksgiving holiday.
While it can’t precisely predict when congestion will occur this year, it can help you plan travel around those times when roads have historically been busiest.
Based on the traffic data, periods of heavy congestion was most likely to occur from mid-morning to evening Tuesday as well as on Saturday.
VDOT's travel-trends map can help you find the most efficient route. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of VDOT)
VDOT’s travel-trends map can help you find the most efficient route. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of VDOT)

Put safety first

What you do impacts others. Do your part in making travel safer for all:
  • If you plan to drink, have a designated driver
  • Buckle up
  • 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

VDOT’s 511 app offers information about construction, traffic, incidents and congestion as well as access to traffic cameras, weather and more. The free mobile VDOT 511 app is available online. Traffic information is also available at, 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

If you find yourself traveling farther north than you are used to here is some information about Northern Virginia’s HOV schedule and restrictions.

Hampton Roads HOV schedule, tunnels and other information

If you’ll be staying close to home, here’s some important information about the tunnels, HOV lanes and other information you might want to know.

  •  I-64/I-264/I-564 HOV diamond lanes: HOV restrictions and Express Lane tolls will be lifted on Thursday, Nov. 22.
  •  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. If traveling 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.

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