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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Virginia HOV and work zone changes

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

The Virginia Department of Transportation is removing temporary work zones on major roads for holiday travelers this weekend as well as lifting HOV restrictions from major roads. Beginning tomorrow at noon, no additional lane closures will be created for construction or maintenance activities on Virginia's major roads -- except those needed for emergency road repairs. (Permanent construction barriers will remain in place.)

The work zones will be cleared from noon on Thursday until noon on Monday, and cleared again from noon on Thursday, Dec. 30, through noon on Monday, Jan. 3.

Additionally, HOV restrictions will be lifted on I-66, I-95 and I-395 on Friday, Dec. 24 as well as Friday, Dec. 31. The I-95/I-395 reversible lanes will be southbound on Thursday at 1 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 26, at 11 a.m. Those lanes will be northbound from Sunday at 1 p.m. through the end of the weekend.

The reversible lanes will also be southbound from Thursday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m., until Sunday, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m. And they will also be northbound on Sunday, Jan. 2., from 1 p.m. until the end of the weekend.

Visit for real-time road conditions, and make sure to check in with the Dr. Gridlock blog and PostLocal before you head out for your holiday travel. You can also 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).

[UPDATE: As a reader pointed out, the changes are taking place on Thursday, not today. We have made the correction, and thanks for the tip!]

By Mark Berman  | December 22, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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Posted by: carolairvin | December 22, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

Just to be sure I'm reading this correctly: There will be NO inbound HOV on Shirley Highway (I-95 and I-395) on the morning of Thursday, December 23???? That's going to be a nasty surprise to a fair number of people if that is correct.

Or is it instead that they will be southbound from 1 PM Thursday through Sunday morning? That would make a lot of sense in light of the previous sentence about no HOV restrictions on Friday. If the HOV restrictions operate as normal on Thursday, one would expect the lanes to be northbound on Thursday morning, then reversed as usual around midday and left that way until Sunday.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 22, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Follow-up: I just looked at VDOT's site and the switch is TOMORROW, December 23, rather than today (December 22) as the blog post above says.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 22, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

1995hoo -- Thanks for pointing that out! I've made the above correction to the post, noting that everything (the work zones being lifted and the HOV changes) is on Thursday, NOT today. Many thanks!

Posted by: Mark Berman | December 22, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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