Friday, December 24, 2010

VDOT Clears Path for Holiday Travel

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will remove temporary work zones on major roads to provide a clear path for holiday travelers to reach their destinations over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

While thousands of motorists are making holiday travel plans, VDOT is keeping an eye on winter weather forecasted to impact the commonwealth this weekend (Dec. 24-26.) Crews are readying equipment and preparing to work through the holiday if needed to keep drivers safe on Virginia’s roadways.

Until noon Monday, Dec. 27, and from noon Thursday, Dec. 30, until noon Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, no additional lane closures will be established for construction or maintenance activities on Virginia’s major roads except for those needed to deal with emergency road repairs. Permanent construction barriers will remain in place.

Behind the scenes, VDOT’s maintenance managers are monitoring weather forecasts and preparing to mobilize crews in impacted areas to ensure any storm does not strand holiday travelers.

Despite the holiday, VDOT will staff all of its snow-removal equipment and offices if the anticipated storm dumps measurable precipitation on Virginia’s highways.

Before leaving home, visit to plan your trip, view real-time traffic cameras or view the road condition maps.

Call 511 from any landline or cell phone in Virginia to listen to the latest traffic and road conditions around the state. If you need updated traffic information while you’re driving, pull off the road to call 511.

Travelers also may call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask any road-related questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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