Wednesday, November 21, 2012

VDOT Removes Lane Closures for Thanksgiving Travel

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has suspended lane closures for most maintenance and construction work on Interstates and other major highways during the extended Thanksgiving travel period.
VDOT will lift most lane closures beginning at noon today, Wednesday, Nov. 21, until noon Monday, Nov. 26.  Long-term construction zones will remain in place.

Northern Virginia High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Schedule
HOV restrictions on Interstates 66, 95 and 395 will be lifted on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22.
  • Normal HOV restrictions will be in place in the following locations Wednesday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 23: 
    • Interstate 95/Interstate 395 – From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., vehicles with three or more people can use the HOV lanes northbound. From 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., three or more in a vehicle can use the HOV lanes southbound. 
    • I-66 – East of Interstate 495 (inside Capital Beltway, both lanes): 6:30-9 a.m. eastbound; 4-6:30 p.m. westbound. West of I-495 (outside Beltway, left lane only): 5:30-9:30 a.m. eastbound; 3-7 p.m. westbound.
Weekend Schedule for I-95/I-395 Reversible Lanes
These lanes will be southbound from 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, and northbound from 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, through the rest of the weekend.

Based on the historic traffic data, the least amount of Interstate congestion during the five-day Thanksgiving travel period is likely to occur before noon Wednesday, Nov. 21. The heaviest congestion is likely to occur Sunday, Nov. 25, in the afternoon and evening, with some congestion on Saturday, Nov. 24, evening as well. While this information indicates trends for delays during the most recent Thanksgiving holiday weekends, it cannot precisely predict congestion levels for this year’s five-day travel period.

Additional Travel Resources and Information 
  • 511 - Before leaving home, call 511 for the latest traffic conditions in Virginia or visit to access real-time traffic cameras along major roads. For traffic and road conditions while en route, pull over and call 511. Do not drive distracted! VDOT also has a free 511 mobile app for Android and iPhone platforms, which work on both phones and tablets. 
  • VDOT’s Customer Service Center -Call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623), VDOT’s Customer Service Center, to report road hazards or ask other road-related questions around the clock.
More information.

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