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Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 05/24/2011

Advice for southbound holiday drivers

The Virginia Department of Transportation has issued some very helpful guidance for drivers heading south from the D.C. area this Memorial Day weekend. We’ll have more this week for travelers heading in other directions, or traveling to events around the region.

First a general note: All the region’s transportation departments will suspend road work for the holiday getaway and return. There will be no temporary lane closings to deal with, but the jersey barriers and lane shifts that characterize the longer-term work zones will remain in place.

Virginia will lift its lane closings at noon Friday, then resume work at noon Tuesday on most projects.

Northern Virginia HOV schedule

High Occupancy Vehicle restrictions on Interstates 66, 95 and 395 will be lifted on Memorial Day.

Northbound/southbound schedule for the I-95/395 reversible lanes: Lanes will be southbound from 1 p.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Saturday, and northbound from 4 p.m. Saturday through the rest of the holiday weekend.

Closure for Rolling Thunder: The I-95/395 HOV lanes will be closed to regular traffic from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday for the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.

Hampton Roads HOV schedule

Interstate 64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel: VDOT encourages drivers heading to Virginia Beach to use the I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel as an alternative to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. To Virginia Beach, take I-664 south to the Monitor-Merrimac. Then take the Portsmouth/Norfolk exit (exit 15A) to I-264 east to Virginia Beach.

Interstate 64 HOV lanes: On Memorial Day, HOV restrictions will be lifted on I-64. The reversible roadway will be open to all westbound traffic from 1 to 11 a.m. and then to all eastbound traffic from 1 to 11 p.m. HOV reversible lane directions may shift throughout the three-day weekend depending on road conditions and traffic volumes.

Travel to the Outer Banks, N.C.: Motorists should use Interstate 664 and the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel to save time. From I-664 south, take I-64 west to exit 292, Chesapeake Expressway/I-464/Route 17. Keep left to continue to the Chesapeake Expressway (Route 168), and take Nags Head/Great Bridge exit 291B to the Outer Banks.

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry: The summer schedule is in effect beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Work zone roundup

Stafford County/Fredericksburg, I-95: Concrete barriers will remain in place blocking the southbound shoulder on the I-95 bridge over the Rappahannock River just south of Exit 133 (Route 17/Falmouth).

Caroline County, I-95: Concrete barriers will remain in place along the northbound and southbound shoulders at mile marker 103.6 just south of Exit 104.

Alleghany County, I-64: Median barrier construction will close one lane in each direction between mile markers 18.5 and 24.5. Speed limit is 45 mph. Loads up to 11 feet wide can proceed in both directions through the work zone.

Wythe County, I-77/81: High traffic volumes could slow or stop vehicles through this eight-mile stretch of interstate. Be alert to delays on northbound I-77 at the I-81 merge.

Roanoke County, I-81: Southbound I-81 lanes are narrowed and shoulders closed on two bridges between mile markers 132 and 136. The bridges are over Route 777 (Fort Lewis Church Road) and Route 647 (Dow Hollow Road). Speed limit is reduced to 55 mph at each bridge.

Amherst/Nelson county line, Route 29 over Tye River: Southbound lanes over the Tye River are closed to traffic. Northbound lanes will carry northbound and southbound traffic. Be alert to new traffic pattern and 45 mph speed limit.

King William County, Route 33: Eastbound lanes are closed to traffic at West Point. The westbound lanes are open to traffic in both directions.

Carroll County, Route 58: Hillsville Bypass construction has reduced Route 58 to one lane in each direction just west of Hillsville. Speed limit is reduced to 35 mph.

Page County, eastbound Route 211: Work on bridge over Pass Run, 4.6 miles west of the Rappahannock County line. Road reduced to single 11-foot lane.

Franklin County, Route 220: Northbound Route 220 traffic is reduced to one lane, and vehicles wider than 16 feet are prohibited because of work to replace the bridge deck over Blackwater River. The bridge is just north of Rocky Mount. Speed limit is reduced to 45 mph.

Rockingham County, Route 253/Port Republic Road: Widening project from Route 704 (Boyers Road) to Harrisonburg city limits. All work subject to change and weather permitting.

Traveler information

Get information about Virginia traffic conditions through the 511 system. On the Web, it’s www.511Virginia.org. You also can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia.

A mobile version of the 511Virginia Web site is at mobile511virginia.org. Pull over when using a mobile phone or have a passenger make the call.

VDOT also has a very helpful Twitter feed to report changing traffic conditions. Check this page to find the feed you want.

By  |  08:55 AM ET, 05/24/2011

Categories:  Getaways, Driving, Virginia

 
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