Virginia HOV and work zone changes
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 511Virginia.org 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!]
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