Saturday, May 28, 2011

Keep Up With Travel Conditions This Holiday... and This Summer

Staying abreast of current traffic conditions on Virginia’s interstates and roadways has never been more convenient for motorists.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) posts information in real-time about traffic incidents and highway work zones through 511Virginia, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feeds.

“As a fellow driver, I know how important it is to have reliable, timely information on road conditions and traffic incidents when you are traveling,” said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley. “VDOT offers multiple tools to share what is happening on Virginia’s roadways, delivering information when it is needed so motorists can make informed travel choices.”

Motorists can view traffic cameras and alerts about construction work zones, congestion or traffic incidents on VDOT’s 24-hour travel information website, 511Virginia is also available by calling 511 from any telephone in Virginia.

A mobile version of the 511Virginia website, designed for handheld devices, is available at Remember to pull over when using your mobile phone or have another passenger use the device. Don’t drive distracted.

Lane closures and crash reports available on 511Virginia are also communicated through VDOT’s Twitter accounts, targeted for different parts of Virginia and specific interstate corridors, such as Interstate 95 or Interstate 81. Visit to see a list of VDOT’s Twitter accounts and how to subscribe.

VDOT’s Facebook page at is updated with statewide travel and transportation news.

VDOT’s YouTube channel at has recorded more than 450,000 views of uploaded videos since 2007. Videos on travel safety advice, projects and programs are posted on this site.

To report a road hazard or to get answers to your transportation question, you can also call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) around the clock.

  For the latest Loudoun County traffic news and information, subscribe to Loudoun County Traffic via your favorite RSS reader, or get Loudoun County Traffic by e-mail.

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