Thursday, September 3, 2009

VDOT Lifts Lane Closures for Labor Day Weekend Travel

To ease travel during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will open those lanes temporarily closed for construction or maintenance on major highways and roads. The lanes will be open from noon tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 4, until noon Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Long-term construction zones with concrete barriers and orange barrels will remain in place. VDOT reminds motorists to avoid distractions and to prevent accidents and fatalities during this last official weekend of summer, as well as any time they are behind the wheel.

VDOT also alerts Northern Virginia drivers to following conditions that may affect holiday traffic:
  • Interstate 95/Interstate 395 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes – The I-95/I-395 HOV lanes will run southbound from noon Friday, Sept. 4, until 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.
  • The lanes will run northbound from 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, until 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.
  • VDOT will lift restrictions on all HOV lanes on Monday, Sept. 7.

If you're going to be traveling this Labor Day weekend, VDOT also encourages drivers to follow these safety rules:

  • Buckle up
  • Drive alcohol and drug free
  • Obey speed limits
  • Share the road
  • Pay attention in work zones

In addition, Virginia law now prohibits driving while sending a text or an e-mail. Exceptions are for emergency vehicle operators, drivers reporting an emergency or a driver who is parked.

Safe travels Loudoun County!

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