Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Here’s something: VDOT is lifting lane closures for holiday travel

VDOT's list of weekly lane closures (WYDaily/ Courtesy of VDOT)
VDOT’s list of weekly lane closures (WYDaily/ Courtesy of VDOT)

The Virginia Department of Transportation is lifting most lane closures starting Wednesday for Thanksgiving travelers.

The closures go into effect starting Nov. 27 at noon until Dec. 2 at noon.

“VDOT’s online, interactive travel-trends map shows peak congestion periods on Virginia interstates during the three previous Thanksgiving holiday periods,” according to VDOT’s news release. “While it cannot precisely predict when congestion will occur this year, it can help motorists avoid travel when roads have historically been busiest.”

I-64, I-264 and I-564 HOV Diamond Lanes and 64 Express lanes in Hampton Roads will be lifted.

Both Express Lanes and HOV lane restrictions will only be lifted on Thursday, Nov. 28.

Safety Tips

  • If you plan to drink, have a designated driver
  • Buckle up and ensure children and car seats are safely and properly secured
  • Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you
  • Use your signals for lane changes and turns
  • 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
VDOT’s free mobile 511 app offers information about construction, traffic, incidents and congestion as well as access to traffic cameras, weather and more. Traffic information is also available at 511Virginia.org or by calling 511 from any phone.
To report a road problem or get answers to transportation questions, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center around the clock at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
                              
Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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