Thursday, September 1, 2011

Labor Day Weekend Travel

The Labor Day holiday travel period begins today, Thursday, September 1, through Monday, September 5.

According to an article on Marketing Forecast, AAA forecasts 31.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, a 2.4 percent decrease from the 32.3 million people who traveled one year ago.

AAA Mid Atlantic says that the recent surge in economic uncertainty will deter some Virginians from traveling this Labor Day holiday weekend with close to 885,300 expected to journey 50 miles or more from home, a decrease of 2.3 percent (or just about 20,500 less) over last year’s holiday.

Meanwhile, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has announced that it will suspend lane closures for temporary work zones on interstates and roadways throughout the state over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.

Lane closures will be lifted from noon Friday, Sept. 2, until noon Tuesday, Sept. 6. Permanent construction zones with concrete barriers and orange barrels will remain in place.

For real-time traffic conditions or to view traffic cameras, visit VDOT’s 24-hour travel information website, 511Virginia is also available by calling 511 from any phone 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 in your vehicle use the device. Don’t drive distracted.

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

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