Friday, July 2, 2010

Lane Restrictions and July 4th Weekend Traffic Information

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announces the following July 4th holiday weekend schedule for the I-95/395 reversible High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in northern Virginia:

HOV restrictions will be lifted on Monday, July 5 in observance of the federal holiday.

Normal HOV-3 restrictions will be in place on Friday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 6 (6 a.m. to 9 a.m. northbound; 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. southbound).

The I-95/395 reversible lanes will be southbound:
  • Noon, Friday July 2 until 2 p.m. Saturday, July 3
  • 9 p.m. Sunday, July 4 until 1 a.m. Monday, July 5

The I-95/395 reversible lanes will be northbound:
  • 4 p.m. Saturday, July 3 until 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4
  • 3 a.m. Monday, July 5 until 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 6

For more information on northern Virginia’s HOV rules and schedules, visit

July 4 Event Traffic
To accommodate travelers attending Fourth of July events in Washington, D.C., VDOT will coordinate and adjust signal timings at approximately 116 signalized intersections along major arterial roads, including routes 1, 7, 29, 50, 123, 236 and 244, in Virginia. Signals will be timed to help move traffic into the District during the day and then south and west from the city between 9:30 p.m. and midnight.

511 and E-ZPass
Since the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday, VDOT and AAA Mid-Atlantic anticipate higher traffic volumes because of the three-day weekend with Monday, July 5, as a holiday. To avoid congestion and bottlenecks on major highways throughout Virginia, VDOT encourages travelers to take advantage of its tools and resources available on

If you can’t go online, dial 511 from your home or mobile phone, after you pull off the road if you are driving.

Virginia is also part of the multi-state E-ZPass electronic toll-collection network. E-ZPass customers can use their transponders at toll facilities in 13 states including Virginia.

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